Oct 26, 2020  
Catalogue 2020-2021 
    
Catalogue 2020-2021
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GEOG 356 - Environment and Land-Use Planning


1 unit(s)
(Same as ENST 356  and URBS 356 ) This seminar focuses on land-use issues such as open-space planning, urban design, transportation planning, and the social and environmental effects of planning and land use policies. The focus of the course this year is impacts of planning policies (such as transportation, zoning, or growth boundaries) on environmental quality, including open space preservation, farmland conservation, and environmental services. We begin with global and regional examples and then apply ideas in the context of Dutchess County’s trajectory of land use change and planning policies. 

Topic 2019/20a: Re-Envisioning The North Side: From Automobility to Place. This seminar focuses on planning issues such as sustainable land use planning, urban design, transportation planning, and social/economic effects of urban planning policies. Using the City of Poughkeepsie as a laboratory, this seminar will focus on how transportation and land use planning decisions affect the social, economic, cultural, and environmental resources of neighborhoods and communities through an in-depth look at the north side parking lots in downtown Poughkeepsie and the “East-West Arterial”. We specifically examine the socio-economic, demographic, mobility and access issues, as well as environmental, and planning concerns surrounding the history of the downtown and the City’s transportation decision making, (including the provision of large parking lots and construction of the “Arterial” in the early 1970s in tandem with creation of a pedestrian mall on Main Street). Though fieldwork, readings and exercises, we will explore potential opportunities for re-envisioning the north side parking lots and the roadways that serve the study area (especially the “Arterial”). 

Prerequisite(s): One 200-level course in Geography, Urban Studies or Environmental Studies.

One 3-hour period.

Not offered in 2020/21.

Course Format: CLS



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