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MUP Concentrations: Housing and Community Development
 

The specialization in housing and community development provides students with an understanding of theory and practice in urban development, particularly physical development in neighborhoods. It requires students to address both housing and its community context (as opposed to focusing more narrowly on either housing or neighborhoods alone). While the principles and skills included have broad applicability, course content emphasizes metropolitan areas and pays particular attention to conditions, policies and strategies central to the challenge of strengthening disadvantaged urban core communities. Students completing this specialization may find employment in public planning and community development agencies, community-based organizations, or with private developers.

The Detroit metropolitan area provides an outstanding laboratory for the study of these issues and processes. Economic and demographic restructuring has led to conditions that are prototypical of older central cities and mature suburbs. At the same time, portions of the region continue to experience growth and development with the attendant problems of planning and management. This broad range of existing conditions provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in all facets of the housing and community development process.

Current faculty research addresses a number of different aspects of this topic, including new urbanism developments, housing market discrimination and fair housing, resident participation in community development, and the development of local housing strategies.

The specialization has a two-tier set of requirements; students must complete two courses from Tier 1 and one course from Tier 2.

Tier 1

Students are required to take UP6680 and either UP 6310 or UP 6340:

  • UP 6680 Neighborhood Decline and Revitalization (3 credits) – this course is the foundation course for the specialization. It provides a conceptual framework that should enable students to understand how market forces and public policy work and interact to influence housing markets and submarkets and to shape conditions in neighborhoods.

  • UP 6310 Real Estate Development (3 credits) -- this course grounds students in the development process and in development finance. It presents the private developer perspective (i.e., the market perspective) on how neighborhoods are developed and redeveloped, and is clearly oriented toward practice. It is based in the premise that effective regulation of development by planners requires them to understand how developers work and think, and, particularly, how they make money; at the same time, it emphasizes the development of affordable housing.

  • UP 6340 Community Development (3 credits) – this course presents the nonprofit/public perspective on practice with a strong emphasis on CDCs and other community-rooted agents. It addresses both housing and economic development aspects of neighborhood revitalization, with some attention to social and political aspects of development. 

Tier 2

Tier 2 includes those courses from which students pick their third course. It includes whichever of the Tier 1 courses was not chosen to fulfill the Tier 1 requirement (i.e., students who want to can elect to do all three of the Tier 1 courses), plus the following:

  • UP 6260 Land Use Policy and Planning – 3 credits
  • UP 6210 Urban Design Elements – 3 credits
  • UP 6350 Housing Policy & Programs – 3 credits

Other courses that meet the needs and interests of individual students may be chosen in lieu of the pre-approved Tier 2 courses if they are part of an approved plan of work.

Course Sequencing

Students are strongly advised to begin their specialization coursework with UP 6680; this course is best taken after completion of UP 5110 – Urban Planning Process and UP 6510 – Urban and Regional Systems.

Urban Studies & Planning
656 W. Kirby 3198 Faculty Admin Building
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 577-2701
Fax: (313) 577-0022
Website: clasweb.clas.wayne.edu/dusp
Email: DUSP@wayne.edu