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2014 Urban Studies Public Lecture Series

Place-based Leadership and the Inclusive City: An International Analysis
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Robin Hambleton, University of the West of England, Bristol, England
Some commentators take the view that the growth of multi-national companies operating on a global basis is now so well developed that cities are best viewed as helpless victims in a global flow of events. Distant, unelected decision makers now determine city futures, not urban residents.
Robin Hambleton rejects this view and offers a fresh way of thinking about our urban future. He presents a new conceptual framework for understanding place-based civic leadership and assembles evidence from across the world to show that cities are taking decisive action to shape the city according to progressive values – for example, advancing social justice, promoting care for the environment and bolstering community empowerment.
In his forthcoming book, Leading the Inclusive City, Hambleton presents 17 inspiring “Innovation Stories,” drawn from cities on all continents, to underpin the argument that place-based civic leadership, when combined with radical social innovation, can help to create inclusive, sustainable cities.
ROBIN HAMBLETON is Professor of City Leadership in the Faculty of Environment and Technology at the University of the West of England, Bristol and Director of Urban Answers, a U.K.-based company.
He has worked in local and central government in the U.K., held professorial positions in urban planning, city management and public administration at universities in Britain and the U.S., and provided consultancy services to public authorities in many countries.
The University and the City: Place-based Anchor Institutions and Community Development
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
David Perry, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Place based institutions in general, and universities in particular, are not going anywhere. The question is whether these institutions will simply be mired in their urban context or be foundational and instrumental to urban change—transforming and/or stimulating new rounds of urban development? For universities, it is not if they will be anchor institutions for urban change, but how they will do this and in what ways will the state and the region act to help them be foundational developmental institutions.
David Perry will address this question and report on the movement of the university from its pastoral roots as a ‘contemplative site of knowledge creation’ to a new role of ‘fully-vested urban institution.’ In such a role, the modern urban university may not be the “engine” of urban and global development (as some would rhetorically claim) but it certainly has acceded to a position of a key place-based institution in the urban and global economy.
DAVID PERRY is Senior Fellow of the Great Cities Institute and Profess of Urban Planning and Policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the UIC.  He served for almost 12 years as Director of the Great Cities Institute and as the Associate Chancellor for the UIC's Great Cities Commitment.  Perry is the author/editor of 12 books, including Here for Good: Community Foundations as the Challenges of the 21st Century and Universities as Urban Developers: Case Studies and Analysis.  
Perry has worked with numerous international, national and local public boards and commissions, including Chicago's Zoning Reform Commission and the Urban Land Institute's national Public Infrastructure Committee. 
Behind the Image of Urban Success: Learning from Baltimore and Atlanta
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Dr. Heywood Sanders, Professor, Department of Public Affairs, University of Texas, San Antonio
When planners and architects, as well as civic and political leaders point to models of urban success, they often point to Baltimore—famed for the revitalized Inner Harbor—and Atlanta—with its concentrated investment in downtown sports, convention, and tourism facilities. Yet the reality of “success” in these cities is rather different, and their experience suggests the problems and limitations of seeking to imitate “model” urban development stories.
HEYWOOD SANDERS is a professor of public administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  He received a BA from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from Harvard University, and taught at Brown University, the University of Illinois, and Trinity University prior to joining UTSA.
His research work has concentrated on urban politics and development, with a focus on downtowns.  His publications include Urban Texas: Politics and Development, edited with Char Miller and the Politics of Urban Development with Clarence Stone.  His most recent book is Convention Center Follies: Politics, Power, and Public Investment in American Cities, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in June.

2015 Urban Studies Public Lecture Series

Co-Producing the City: UW Tacoma as an Anchor Institution
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University
Density for Destiny? Planning and Urban Design Implications of the Proposed New County Building
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Panelists: David Boe, Architect, Tacoma City Council Member; Marty Campbell, Tacoma City Council Member; Jim Merrit, Architec
Moderator: Ali Modarres, Urban Studies UW Tacoma
New Deal Ruins: Race, Gentrification and the Dismantling of Public Housing in the United States
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Dr. Edward G. Goetz, University of Minnesota
Professor Edward Goetz is a faculty member at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He serves as the Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs and co-Director of the University-Metropolitan Consortium. He is a leading national expert on housing policy and planning, neighborhood revitalization and the politics of urban and regional planning. 

Public housing is in many ways an archetypal New Deal program that worked through large scale government funded public works to generate jobs and economic spillover and to offer material support to families made destitute by the Great Depression. For more than forty years it was the largest federal program of housing assistance to lower-income households.

In his new Book, New Deal Ruins: Race, Economic Justice and Public Housing, Edward Goetz tells the story of the dismantling of the public housing program over the past 20 years. Nascent patterns of disinvestment in public housing during the 1980s gave way to a full scale policy shift in the 1990s toward demolition of public housing in favor of subsidized units in mixed-income communities and the use of tenant-based vouchers. These policies, most fully articulated in the HOPE VI program begun in 1992, were justified by claims that they would improve the social and economic conditions of public housing residents while simultaneously revitalizing inner-city neighborhoods. Since the early 1990s, hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced and more than 250,000 units of public housing have been demolished or sold off.

In this lecture, Professor Goetz will offer a critical analysis of the nationwide effot to dismantle public housing, and will show how it is related to pressures for gentrification and the enduring influence of race in American cities.


2016 Urban Studies Public Lecture Series

Hipster Lifestyles, High-Rise Living, Hard Lives: Fashioning, Urban Hegemony after the Crisis
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Dr. Jamie Peck, Professor, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia
One of the most enduring tropes in the field of urban studies is the claim, principally associated with David Harvey, that North American and Western European cities have since the 1980s embraced “entrepreneurial” modes of governance, spurred by deindustrialization, heightened capital mobility, competitive insecurity, the rollback of fiscal transfers, and so forth. What began as an entrepreneurial “turn,” conspicuously represented by turnaround cities like Baltimore and Manchester and Barcelona, has since become something like an interurban truism, a banal condition of existence both experienced and reproduced by the majority of cities, even as their own positions and prospects continue to vary. Tracing this zigzagging process of normalization through various subsequent moments, such as the embrace of creativity, the imposition of austerity, and the rise of new economisms, the lecture reflects on the causes and consequences of this remaking of urban hegemony over the past three decades.
DR. JAMIE PECK IS A CANADIAN RESEARCH CHAIR IN URBAN & REGIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY AND PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA. With research interests in the political economy of neoliberalism, the politics of policy formation and mobility, economic governance, labor studies, and urban restructuring, his recent books include Fast policy: experimental statecraft at the thresholds of neoliberalism (Minnesota, 2015, with Nik Theodore), Constructions of neoliberal reason (Oxford, 2010), and the forthcoming Offshore (Oxford, 2016). Jamie Peck is the Managing Editor of Environment & Planning A and the coordinator of the Summer Institute in Economic Geography.
(Not) Hating Growth: If done right, growth will let this region grow gracefully
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Gene Duvernoy, President of Forterra
With the help of a pollster, the regional sustainability organization Forterra recently surveyed Puget Sound residents about attitudes toward growth. Hear the results, which may surprise you. Plus, learn what values we hold most dear in the face of continuing -- or even intensifying -- expansion. Forterra president Gene Duvernoy also discusses his organization's innovative efforts to protect the spots that are foundational to keeping this place we live, a place we love.
What's So Hard About Collaborative Governance?
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Dr. Susan Clarke, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado at Boulder
The renaissance in place‐based, cross‐sector local collaboratives in American cities is distinguished by diverse strategies and actors. In this lecture, I will present the early stages of two collaborative initiatives‐‐one relying on traditional state‐centric collaboration models, the other drawing on emergent civil society collaboration models‐‐ in Denver CO. The FasTrack initiative is a complex public sector effort involving multiple jurisdictions, private sector partners, and civic organizations in developing a regional transit system. The Children’s Corridor, spearheaded by the Piton Foundation, links efforts of local government, multiple non‐profit organizations, and private providers to improve children’s well being in a targeted area. The findings indicate that one collaborative strategy is not necessarily more effective than another but that one proved more resilient in responding to multiple governance challenges.
Justice as Subject and Object of Planning
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Robert W. Lake, Ph.d., Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Considerations of justice have moved to a central place in planning theory following Susan Fainstein’s (2010) eloquent plea to elevate justice as the principal criterion for the evaluation of planning practice. Justice on this understanding is the object of planning, the normative end that planning practice should strive to achieve. Dr. Robert Lake explores the implications for planning theory and practice of making justice the subject rather than the object of planning. This formulation places justice at the center rather than the outcome of practice: of concern is planning as the practice of justice rather than the justice of planning practice. The question for planning in this mode shifts from “Is this a just outcome?” to “What is justice in this situation?” Drawing from John Dewey’s pragmatist philosophy, this question transcends the dualisms between subject and object, and process and outcome, by understanding outcomes as already formulated (what Dewey called ends-in-view) in the process of their production. A planning process that takes justice as its subject is anti-foundational and contextual rather than universal, anticipatory rather than retrospective, generative of solutions rather than evaluative of outcomes, culturally encompassing rather than project-delimited, and inclusively democratic rather than expert-driven. Examples from a variety of sources illustrate the practice of justice as the subject of planning.
After Latino Metropolis
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Rodolfo D. Torres, Ph.D., Professor of Planning, Policy & Design and Political Science, School of Social Ecology University of California, Irvine
The role of class and spatial politics in Latino Los Angeles will be the subject of this timely talk. Professor Rodolfo D. Torres is co-author of the highly acclaimed book, Latino Metropolis (University of Minnesota Press, 2000). He will revisit this important book. Special attention will be paid to recent developments in urban theory and Latino urban studies and what contemporary Mexican/Latino Los Angeles can tell us about the future of American cities in a changing political economy.
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