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Urban Studies Seminar

Cityscape of Boise at nightThe Kind of a Problem a City Is: City Planning in Boise and the USA

This seminar brings together Boise State faculty and students and City of Boise planning professionals to consider the challenges facing our city and region and how planning can address these. Participants will discuss common readings and big questions regarding growth, infrastructure, housing access, placemaking, sustainability, and other local challenges and priorities. Students and faculty in Urban or Environmental Studies and Public Administration are especially encouraged to participate.

Details: Group meets every other week, beginning Friday, September 9, 9:00-10:15. Location is Boise State’s Interactive Learning Center (ILC), room 303. (Map to ILC) For additional information, please contact Krista Paulsen (, Program Lead for Urban Studies and Professional Development.

Sept. 9Meet and Greet
Sept. 23Chapter 22 from "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" by Jane Jacobs. The book is available in the Boise Public Library and the Albertsons Library. Or email Dr. Paulsen if you need a scan.
Oct. 7Introduction to Community and the Politics of Place by Daniel Kemmis, entitled "Pre-Amble, An Introductory Stroll." This is available in the Google Books preview located here.
Oct. 21A discussion of the role of neighborhoods and neighborhood associations in the city's development. No reading required; please bring your insights and curiosities about how neighborhoods matter!
Nov. 4Reading 4
Nov. 18Reading 5
Dec. 2Reading 6
Dec. 16Reading 7