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Spring 2021 Reading Group

Urban Law and Policy

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

This reading group will focus on doctrine and theories in land use, local government, and property law by examining the physical development of Boston and Cambridge from 1630 to the present. Readings and class sessions will address, among other topics, colonial land development; transportation history surrounding railroads and streets; the rise and proliferation of zoning and other land use controls; urban renewal; de jure and de facto segregation; and ongoing challenges in housing.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/30, 4/13.