This specialization focuses on neighborhood planning and central city revitalization. It views neighborhood planning as a community driven process that interweaves the physical, ecological, economic and social dimensions of neighborhood and city development into a single fabric, creating livable, sustainable urban environments.
The specialization is particularly concerned with the intersectionality of race, class, gender and the city building process and the ways in which urban institutions mediate socioeconomic inequalities and drive the transformation of underdeveloped communities. At its core, the specialization grapples with the question of building through environmental design the just urban metropolis. Students in Neighborhood Planning and Community Development are prepared to grapple successfully with the challenges of sustainably building the 21st century American city.