|Instructor Info:||Robert Rakoff|
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|TA Info:||Melia Chase|
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Conflicts over land use are among the most contentious in America. Much is at stake, including private property rights, the public good, the character of communities, environmental quality, and the power and profits of private developers. In this class we will analyze recent land use controversies, including housing development on farmland, preservation of open space, urban redevelopment, takings of private land by eminent domain, and conflicts over the management of public lands. Readings will include essays on the contested meanings of private property along with political economic critiques of the American land use system and its many stakeholders. In addition to writing several short papers, students will observe and assess public meetings of local zoning, planning, and conservation boards and will undertake first-hand research on a land use controversy.
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