Summer 2020

This course is offered during the first summer session. CRP f390. 

Who does the city belong to? Who is the city for? Who should control urban development? How should the benefits of urbanization be distributed? These are the questions at the heart of the Right to the City, an umbrella concept that unites a variety of social justice movements in the contemporary city, from housing & homelessness to digital rights to the city, from access to public space to gentrification & displacement, from environmental/climate justice to transit justice, from economic justice to food security. Drawing on planning and urban studies literature, this class will consider the theoretical claims of the Right to the City and how they are worked out in particular contexts, applied to different issues in different cities, and what implications all this has for planning.