Urban planning aims to promote the social, economic, and environmental well-being of local communities. In this course, students will explore the purpose, practice, and theories of contemporary planning. They will also develop the ability to observe, analyze, and evaluate the built environment, which provides a crucial foundation for good urban policy decision-making. Through reality-based problems, students will understand the interplay between planning analysis, regulation, markets, and the political process. Course themes include the history of planning, land use and zoning, the legal framework of planning, downtown redevelopment, suburban sprawl and new urbanism, public space, transportation planning, citizen participation in planning, and other topics.