Urban Planning 525: Regional Planning • Fall Semester 2021

Prof. Scott Campbell
(734) 763-2077

Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:20 pm
2108 Art & Architecture Building

last updated Tuesday, November 30, 2021 9:51 PM

Readings: you can find readings in three different locations:

Class Canvas site • class readings (usually pdf files) organized by Modules
eBooks "bookshelf" (contains digital copies of full text books, available through the UM Library. set up a free account). Note: I have put many books on regionalism in this bookshelf, some are required readings, but most are simply available if you have deeper interests in a specific topic.
• via web links (I'll provide the url)
[Note: if the source not listed, the reading is located in Canvas]

landmarks of US regional planning map [to be added]

COVID-19 Vaccine Information: University Health ServiceMaize and BluePrint Student Vaccine Information • University of Michigan Health •


NOTE: this course is scheduled for in-person instruction (in 2108 A&AB). Unfortunately this course is NOT set up for a hybrid remote/in-person instruction, so students needing to take classes online should explore other course options. (Due to other course commitments, I have taught this course only intermittently. I will likely again teach this course in fall 2023.) I am looking forward to again teaching in person. Please do follow all university guidelines about public health safety, including wearing a mask to class, and staying home if you are not feeling well. (We can always find ways for you to catch up on any missed class sessions.) Thank you.

Quick links to sections of this page (by dates and themes):

Aug 30 - Sep 13

Sep 15 - 20

Sep 22 - 29

Oct 4 - 11

Oct 13 - 25

Oct 27 - Nov 3

Nov 8 - 17

Nov 22

Nov 29 - Dec 6

Dec 8

Introduction, Concepts, Background

Visualizing/Mapping the Region

San Francisco Bay Area

Metro Detroit

New York metro area

Sunbelt Regionalism





Course Overview

This graduate course provides an introduction to regional planning, development and analysis. The regionalist tradition represents a distinctive worldview to analyze metropolitan development, envision alternative conceptions and scales of community, and structure institutional responses to environmental, economic and social challenges. We examine the history, institutional practices, idealism and limitations of regional planning. Regional efforts have alternately targeted economic, environmental and social equity goals. Themes include regional economic development, land preservation, regional sustainability efforts, city-suburb relations, water resource management, megaregions, and transportation infrastructure. Case studies may include New York, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Portland, Metro Detroit, EU regionalism and Asian megaregions.

We examine the lack of regional planning in the United States both as American exceptionalism and as myth. We explore the disparities between regional idealism and the actual practice of regional planning and management, as well the divergent views of the region as an economic system, an infrastructural network, an ecological habitat, and an administrative district.

Class Prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites for this course. Previous coursework in urban planning, urban studies, local/regional politics, and/or environmental policy would be useful (but not necessary) preparation. Students from other programs (such as architecture, SEAS, public policy, business, social work, etc.) are encouraged to participate. I welcome all students to sit in on first week of class and see if the course is a good fit.

Students are expected to complete all the required readings before the start of class and be ready to actively participate in class discussions. Students will also make group presentations, write five short response papers (ca. 3 pages each) and one regional mapping/representation exercise. There will be no final exam.  Assignment details to be posted soon. The first short assignment (the mapping exercise) will be due Sep 20.

Schedule of Weekly Readings
Location of readings: Books available electronically via eBooks are labeled. If source not listed, the reading is located in Canvas (organized by Modules).

Aug 30:   Introduction

Central Questions for the Course include:  

Sep 1:    The Case for Regional Planning

Below are selections from two well-known edited books on regional planning, with a focus on the broader purpose and context of regional planning. Both books are available via the UM Library's eBooks system. Be sure to create your own free account for easy access to eBooks.

Seltzer, Ethan, and Armando Carbonell. 2011. Regional planning in America : practice and prospect. Cambridge, Mass.: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. [eBooks link]
• Chapter 1
(pp. 1-16): Seltzer, Ethan, and Armando Carbonell, "Regional planning in America : practice and prospect," and
Chapter 3 (pp. 53-80): Kathryn A. Foster, "A Region of One's Own,"

Katz, Bruce, ed. 2000. Reflections on Regionalism. Washington, DC: Brookings. [eBooks link]
• Introduction: Bruce Katz
• Chapter 1: Henry R. Richmond, "Metropolitan Land-Use Reform: The Promise and Challenge of Majority Consensus"


Sep 6:    NO CLASS: Labor Day Holiday


Sep 8:   The Politics of Regional Planning: Boosters, Coalitions and Oppositions


Rosan, C. D. (2016). Governing the Fragmented Metropolis: Planning for Regional Sustainability. University of Pennsylvania Press. Chapter 1 (read pp 1-17), "Planning for a Metropolitan Future."
[alt source: access the entire book online via this link]

Katz, Bruce, ed. 2000. Reflections on Regionalism. Washington, DC: Brookings. [eBooks link]
• Paul Dimond, "Empowering Families to Vote with Their Feet," in Katz, Bruce, ed. 2000. Reflections on Regionalism. Washington, DC: Brookings. (Chapter 9)
• john a. powell , "Addressing Regional Dilemmas for Minority Communities" in Katz, Bruce, ed. 2000. Reflections on Regionalism. Washington, DC: Brookings. (Chapter 8)


Tiebout, C. (1956), "A Pure Theory of Local Expenditures", Journal of Political Economy 64 (5): 416–424
Frug, Gerald E. 2002. Beyond Regional Government. Harvard Law Review 115:1763.

Sep 13: Megaregions: the next step in the evolution of the region? (updated session topic)

Ross, Catherine L.(ed.). 2009. Megaregions : Planning for Global Competitiveness. Covelo, CA, USA: Island Press. [Introduction, Chs. 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13] [eBooks]
Tracy Hadden Loh and Annelies Goger. 2020. In the age of American ‘megaregions,’ we must rethink governance across jurisdictions. Brookings report. May 7. [link]

see also:

Regional Plan Association (RPA). 2009. Defining U.S. Megaregions.
Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions (CM2) Consortium. What are Megaregions?
Harrison, J., and Hoyler, M., eds. 2015. Megaregions : Globalization's New Urban Form? Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. Accessed September 10, 2021. [eBooks]
Xu, Jiang, and Yeh, Anthony G. O., eds. 2010. Governance and Planning of Mega-City Regions : An International Comparative Perspective. London: Taylor & Francis Group. [eBooks]

Sep 15: Mapping and Visualizing the Region: short lecture and then workshop

I will begin the class with some basic ideas and guidelines about representing regions. We will then spend most of the class in a quasi-workshop format. The goal is to give you a jump start on the regional mapping assignment (due next Monday): sharing ideas, tips, methods, questions, obstacles. My plan is to have you break into small groups to share ideas with each other about the assignment (see below).

I will provide some optional background readings (on mapping, regional concepts) on the syllabus, but focus your preparation efforts for tomorrow’s class on your mapping assignment:

To Do before class:

  1. Please fill in information on your mapping project on this document in the shared class google folder:
    URP525 (Fall 2021): Student Worksheet for the Regional Mapping Task

  2. Review this google shared doc on mapping resources and examples. Please provide comments on any mapping tools you know or have tried (including user experiences, praise and criticism), and add any examples of maps (and mapping resources) you find:
    URP525 (Fall 2021): Resources for the Regional Mapping Task
    [Note: don’t be shy about adding to this page: all experiences with mapping tools and resources will be useful.]

For class:
3. Be ready discuss, with other students in a small group format, these questions:
a. What elements have you considered using to articulate/visualize the region? (e.g., centers, subcenters, corridors, networks, edges/boundaries, natural features)
b. What aspect(s) of the region are most important? Ecological? Economic? Social? Infrastructural? Political? etc. (will you focus on one, or try to combine several?)
c. How much will you defer to existing definitions of regions (e.g., using current US Census definitions of MSAs, etc. and follow county boundaries) or instead strive for an original, novel definition of the region and its boundaries?)
d. How are you planning to prepare your map? By hand? With a computer sketch application? GIS? etc. Will you use a base map?
e. What problems/challenges have you encountered or anticipated in this assignment? How might you get around these problems?
f. Do you think both the process of creating the map and the final map itself will alter how you (or others) will view and understand the region?

Some optional/background reading on maps and mapping:

Dodge, Martin, Kitchin, Rob, and Perkins, Chris, eds. 2009. Rethinking Maps : New Frontiers in Cartographic Theory. London: Taylor & Francis Group. [eBooks]

Wood, Denis. 2010. Rethinking the Power of Maps. New York: Guilford Publications. .[eBooks]

Kriz, Karel, Cartwright, William, and Hurni, Lorenz, eds. 2010. Mapping Different Geographies. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin / Heidelberg. [eBooks]

Black, Jeremy. 2000. Maps and Politics. London: Reaktion Books, Limited. [Ebooks].

Peterson, Michael P.. 2014. Mapping in the Cloud. New York: Guilford Publications. [ Ebooks]

Crampton, Jeremy W.. 2010. Mapping : A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS. Chicester: John Wiley & Sons [Ebook].

Sep 20: Student Presentations: Visualizing the Region

[see the assignment page for the first assignment instructions]

Sep 22-29: Case Study: the San Francisco Bay Area (Module 1)

Sep 22:

Walker, Richard A. 2009. Country in the City : The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area. Seattle, WA, USA: University of Washington Press. [Introduction, Chs. 1-5] [eBooks]

Sep 27

Walker, Richard A. 2009. Country in the City : The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area. Seattle, WA, USA: University of Washington Press. [Introduction, Chs. 6-10, Conclusion] [eBooks]

Hing Wong. "Regional Governance in the San Francisco Bay Area: The History of the Association of Bay Area Governments"

optional background readings:

PBS. The American Experience. Urban Planning in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Environment.

ABAG: History.

Don Kadin, Joseph Poirier, Kristine Williams. 2016. Regional Planning in the San Francisco Bay Area. Context for HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative. University of California, Berkeley.

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit): History

Greenbelt Alliance: Strategic Plan. (and their publications page)

Louise Nelson Dyble. 2012. The Defeat of the Golden Gate Authority: Regional Planning and Local Power. Access.No. 40, Spring. [pdf version]

view the websites of these organizations: SPUR Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)Greenbelt Alliance.

Booker, Matthew. 2013. Down by the bay : San francisco's history between the tides. University of California Press. [eBooks]

Sep 29: Student Presentation

[see signup list for presenters]

Oct 4 - 11: Case Study: Detroit and Southeast Michigan (Module 2)

Oct 4: Detroit and Southeast Michigan, or Can a Region Thrive with a Struggling Central City?

Barrow, Heather B. 2004. "'The American Disease of Growth': Henry Ford and the Metropolitanization of Detroit, 1920 - 1940." In Manufacturing Suburbs : Building Work and Home on the Metropolitan Fringe, edited by Robert Lewis. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. [eBooks]

Sugrue, Thomas J. 1998. The Origins of the Urban Crisis. Princeton: Princeton Univ Press. [excerpt: chapter 5] see also entire book in eBooks]

Galster, George. 2012. [Metropolitan Portraits] Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City. Philadelphia, PA, USA: University of Pennsylvania Press. (Ch. 10. "What Drives Detroiters?" and Ch. 11. "From Motown to Mortropolis"; see also Ch. 2: "Sculpting Detroit: Polity and Economy Trump Geology") [eBooks]


see also:
"The Developing Urban Detroit Area" (on the Doxiadis 1965 plan)Doxiadis Plans Detroit• 

lecture by Prof. Robert Fishman, Detroit and the Acceleration of History

SEMCOGdata and mapspublications
Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
Detroit Metropolitan Area Regional Planning Commission papers (online historical copies)
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
Detroit Regional Chamber
Detroit Future City
Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan
Friends of the Detroit River
Huron-Clinton Metroparksmap

Detroit Cartography/Geography = DETROITography

Thompson, Heather Ann. 2017. Whose Detroit? : Politics, Labor, and Race in a Modern American City. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. [eBooks]

Darden, Joe T., and Thomas, Richard W.. 2013. Detroit : Race Riots, Racial Conflicts, and Efforts to Bridge the Racial Divide. Michigan State University Press. [eBooks]

Barrow, Heather. 2018. Henry Ford’s Plan for the American Suburb : Dearborn and Detroit. Ithaca: Cornell University Press [eBooks}

Thomas, June Manning. 2013. Redevelopment and Race : Planning a Finer City in Postwar Detroit. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. [eBooks]

Gallagher, John. 2010. Reimagining Detroit : Opportunities for Redefining an American City. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. [eBooks]

Martelle, Scott. 2014. Detroit : A Biography. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. Accessed [eBooks]

Lisa Berglund. 2020. “The Shrinking City as a Growth Machine: Detroit’s Reinvention of Growth through Triage, Foundation Work and Talent Attraction.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol. 44, no. 2.

D'Anieri, P 2007, Regional reform in historic perspective, Metropolitan planning institutions in Detroit, 1950–1990 (dissertation, urban planning, University of Michigan)

Oct 6:

(we will continue our discussion of Detroit, including discussion of the readings from Monday (Oct 4) that we didn't get to on Monday.)

and these new readings:

Manning Thomas, June, and Bekkering, Henco, eds. 2015. Mapping Detroit : Land, Community, and Shaping a City. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. [eBooks] (Ch 9. Redesigning Community with Propinquity: Fragments of Detroit’s Region, June Manning Thomas)

Batterman, Joel, 2021, A_Metropolitan Dilemma (dissertation final version, urban planning, University of Michigan) [ please read Chapter 4 and the Conclusion.]

Oct 11: Student Presentation

[see signup list for presenters]

Oct 13 - 25: Case Study: New York City and the Tri-State area (Module 3)

Oct 13: New York Region (part 1)
G. L. P., Regional Plan of New York and its Environs , Town Planning Review, 15-2 (1932-Nov.) p.123, (author, G. L. P.) [in Canvas]
Benjamin, Gerald and Richard P. Nathan. 2001. Regionalism and Realism: A Study of Governments in the New York Metropolitan Area. Washington, DC: Brookings. selections from Chapters 1-6 eBooks]

background readings:

Regional Plan Assoc., Inc, 1935. The Regional Plan and the R.P.A. [online text]

Robert Yaro, & Tony Hiss. (1996). A Region at Risk?: The Third Regional Plan For The New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Metropolitan Area. Island Press. [link to digital copy via UM Library]

Bloom, Nicholas Dagen. "5 The Challenge of Regional Planning". How States Shaped Postwar America: State Government and Urban Power, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019, pp. 70-82.

NOTE: the Regional Plan Association (RPA) has produced four regional plans:

  • #1 in 1929, led by Thomas Adams;

  • #2 in the 1960s (a series of reports), during an era of urban decline;

  • #3 in 1996, called "A Region at Risk," with a focus on mass transit, open space preservation and revitalizing urban employment centers;

  • #4 in 2017, now with a focus on transportation, climate change, housing.

[no class Oct 18 -- UM Study Break]

Oct 20: New York Region (part 2)
Benjamin, Gerald and Richard P. Nathan. 2001. Regionalism and Realism: A Study of Governments in the New York Metropolitan Area. Washington, DC: Brookings. selections from Chapters 7 - 9; 11
Robert Yaro, "Growing and Governing Smart: A Case Study of the New York Region" in Katz, Bruce, ed. 2000. Reflections on Regionalism. Washington, DC: Brookings. [eBooks link]
Defilippis, James and Niedt, Christopher. "9. New York’s Suburbs in a Globalized Metropolitan Region". The Life of North American Suburbs, edited by Jan Nijman, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2020, pp. 170-198.

also: review the Fourth Regional Plan (RPA), including the executive summary


Oct 25: Student Presentation


Oct 27 - Nov 3: Case Study: Sunbelt Regionalism (Module 4)

Oct 27: Los Angeles
Fulton, William B. 2001. The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. [Introduction, Ch 3] [in Canvas]
Pastor, Manuel, J. Eugene Grigsby, and Marta Lopez-Garza. 2000. Regions That Work : How Cities and Suburbs Can Grow Together. Minneapolis, MN, USA: University of Minnesota Press. (Chs. 1-3) [eBooks]
Gottlieb, Robert. 2007. Reinventing Los Angeles : Nature and Community in the Global City. Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press.[Chs 1,3] [eBooks]

see also:
Soja, Edward W.. 2014. My Los Angeles : From Urban Restructuring to Regional Urbanization. Berkeley: University of California Press. (Ch. 7: Regional Urbanization of the Metropolis Era and the End) [eBooks]
Gottlieb, Robert. 2004. Next Los Angeles : The Struggle for a Livable City. Ewing, NJ, USA: University of California Press. [Chs 3, 5] [in Canvas]
Pastor, Manuel, Jr., Chris Benner, and Martha Matsuoka. 2009. This Could Be the Start of Something Big : How Social Movements for Regional Equity Are Reshaping Metropolitan America. Ithaca, NY, USA: Cornell University Press. (Ch. 4) [eBooks]
Storper, Michael, Kemeny, Thomas, Makarem, Naji, and Osman, Taner. 2015. The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies : Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press. [eBooks]
Deverell, William, and Hise, Greg, eds. 2010. A Companion to Los Angeles. Chicester: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated. [eBooks]

Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

Nov 1: Atlanta

Basmajian, C.W. (2013). Atlanta UnboundEnabling Sprawl through Policy and Planning. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. (Chs. 1-5, 7) [available through Project Muse]

see also:
Kruse, K. M. (2005). White flight : Atlanta and the making of modern conservatism. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. [available through Project Muse] [here is a video of a brief lecture]
Karen Pooley. 2015. Segregation's New Geography: The Atlanta Metro Region, Race, and the Declining Prospects for Upward Mobility. Southern Spaces. April 15. [with detailed information on African-American suburbanization]
LeBeau, Rob. "Regional Planning for Livable Communities in Atlanta," in Montgomery, Carleton K., ed. 2011. Regional Planning for a Sustainable America : How Creative Programs Are Promoting Prosperity and Saving the Environment. Piscataway: Rutgers University Press. (Ch 15, p 177-190) [eBooks]
ARC - Atlanta Regional Commission
Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (Georgia Tech)
Sam Rosen. 2017. Atlanta's Controversial 'Cityhood' Movement: Recent border battles have once again redrawn the lines of the metro area. The Atlantic, April 26.
Tim Craig. 2021. Amid surge in violent crime, Atlanta’s wealthiest neighborhood ponders new city. Washington Post. May 31.
GPB: How Atlanta Became the City Too Busy to Hate | Civil Rights Movement (video)
Geographies of Privilege and Exclusion: The 1938 Home Owner’s Loan Corporation “Residential Security Map” of Atlanta


Nov 3: Student Presentation: the "Texas Triangle" (Houston, Dallas–Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin)

background reading:
J.H. Cullum Clark. 2021. The Texas Triangle: A rising megaregion unlike all others. Kinder Institute for Urban Research (Rice University). May 17.
Henry Cisneros, David Hendricks, J. H. Cullum Clark and William Fulton. 2021. The Texas Triangle An Emerging Power in the Global Economy. Texas A&M University Press. [available through Project Muse] • related video: Rice Kinder Institute: "Urban Reads: The Texas Triangle" [video]


Nov 8 - 17: Ecoregions: Sprawl, Water Politics, Climate -- or: regional planning as a tool of environmental planning, water resource management, habitat preservation and sustainability

Nov 8: Ecoregions -- Introduction

Seltzer, E., & Carbonell, A. (2011). Regional planning in America : practice and prospect. Cambridge, Mass.: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. (Chs 2, 6). [eBooks link]
Sale, Kirkpatrick. 2001. "There's no place like home..." The Ecologist: 31 (2): 40-43.
Hiss, Tony. 1990. The Experience of Place: A new way of looking at and dealing with out radically changing cities and countryside. New York: Vintage. (Chapter 9, "Thinking Regionally," pp. 194-220.)
Thayer, Robert L. 2003. Life-Place : Bioregional Thought and Practice. Ewing, NJ, USA: University of California Press. (Ch. 7: Planning: Designing a Life-Place) [eBooks]

see also:
Anderson, Larry. 2002. Benton MacKaye : Conservationist, Planner, and Creator of the Appalachian Trail. Baltimore, MD, USA: Johns Hopkins University Press. (Chs. 1, 8-11). [eBooks]
Bailey, Robert G.. Ecoregion-Based Design for Sustainability. Secaucus, NJ, USA: Springer, 2002. [ [eBooks]
Bailey, Robert G.. 2009. Ecosystem Geography : From Ecoregions to Sites. New York: Springer New York. [eBooks]
Anne Milne, Heather Kerr, Bart Welling, Chad Wriglesworth, Christine Cusick, Dan Wylie, Daniel Anderson, David Landis Barnhill, Erin James, and Harry Vandervlist. The Bioregional Imagination : Literature, Ecology, and Place. 2012. Athens: University of Georgia Press. [Ebook]



Nov 10: Sprawl and regional development, growth management, greenbelts, Suburban Retrofitting
Saunders, William. 2005. Sprawl and Suburbia : A Harvard Design Magazine Reader. Minneapolis, MN, USA: University of Minnesota Press, 2005. (selected chapters: 1. Ellen Dunham- Jones, Seventy- five Percent: The Next Big Architectural Project; 4. Matthew J. Kiefer, Suburbia and Its Discontents: Notes from the Sprawl Debate; 5. Alex Krieger, The Costs— and Benefits?— of Sprawl; 6. Ellen Dunham- Jones, Smart Growth in Atlanta: A Response to Krieger and Kiefer [eBooks]
Calthorpe, Peter. 2010. Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change. Covelo, CA, USA: Island Press. (Ch. 5: The Urban Footprint and Ch. 8: Four American Futures) [eBooks]
Carl Abbott & Joy Margheim. (2008) Imagining Portland's Urban Growth Boundary: Planning Regulation as Cultural Icon, Journal of the American Planning Association, 74:2, 196-208.

see also:
Ethan Seltzer. 2004. "It’s Not an Experiment: Regional Planning at Metro, 1990 to the Present" (Chapter 2), in Ozawa, C. P. ed. (2004). Portland Edge : Challenges in Growing Communities. Covelo, CA, USA: Island Press.
Lindenmayer, David B., and Joem Fischer. 2006. Habitat Fragmentation and Landscape Change : An Ecological and Conservation Synthesis. Washington, DC, USA: Island Press. (Chapter 4: Approaches to Achieving Habitat Connectivity) [eBooks]

Lang, Robert. Edgeless Cities : Exploring the Elusive Metropolis. Washington, DC, USA: Brookings Institution Press, 2003. [eBooks]

NOTE: these sources NOT available in eBooks, but worth finding if you are interested in reading further:
Hellmund, Paul Cawood, and Daniel Smith. 2006. Designing Greenways : Sustainable Landscapes for Nature and People. Washington, DC, USA: Island Press (Chs. 1, 2) .
Calthorpe, Peter, and William Fulton. 2001. Regional City : New Urbanism and the End of Sprawl. Covelo, CA, USA: Island Press. (Chs. 1, 3, Conclusion)

Nov 15: Water: The River Basin as Region

Reisner, M. 1993. Cadillac desert: the American West and its disappearing water. revised ed. New York and London: Penguin Books. (Introduction & Ch. 1, pp. 1-51)
Abbott, Carl. How Cities Won the West : Four Centuries of Urban Change in Western North America. Albuquerque, NM, USA: University of New Mexico Press, 2010. (Ch. 9: Water, Power, Progress). [eBook]
Annin, Peter. 2018. The Great Lakes Water Wars. Chicago: Island Press. (ideally read Chs 1,3,12,13) [Ebook]

see also:

Mullin, Megan. 2009. Governing the Tap : Special District Governance and the New Local Politics of Water. Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press. (Ch. 1) [eBook]
Gottlieb, Robert. Reinventing Los Angeles : Nature and Community in the Global City. Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press, 2007. (Ch. 3: Water for the City) [eBook]
Summit, April. Contested Waters : An Environmental History of the Colorado River. Boulder, CO, USA: University Press of Colorado, 2013. [eBook]
Aton, James M.. John Wesley Powell : His Life and Legacy. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: University of Utah Press, 2006. [eBook]
Mulholland, Catherine. William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles. Berkeley, CA, USA: University of California Press, 2002. [eBook]
Benke, Arthur C., Cushing, Colbert E., and Benke, Arthur C, eds. 2005. Rivers of North America. Burlington: Elsevier Science & Technology. [eBook]

Nov 17: Student Presentation:


Nov 22: Interregional Migration and Regional Growth and Decline

The (optional but encouraged) Task:
Pick an example of migration, either intra-regional or inter-regional.  Prepare a slide (or several if needed) that briefly gives an overview of this migration and its impact on regional development (either the internal restructuring and inequalities within the region, or the growth/decline/development of the region overall).  Be ready to briefly talk about your example.  (Hopefully these various examples will enrich our understanding of the rich, dynamic relationship between regional development/change and human migration.)  Slides might include maps, timelines, graphics, data tables/charts, photos, text, etc. Here is the link to the shared google slide file (in the class folder) with both instructions (on the first slide) and where you will upload your own slide example. Thank you.


rather than providing a specific list of required readings, I encourage you instead to read selectively about those examples and themes of migration that most interest you and help you complete the above task. Below are some suggested readings. (Note: there is a huge literature out there on migration from various perspectives and disciplines.) I will begin Monday's class with a broad overview of the basics of migration (from demography) and its relationship to regional growth and development. We will then listen to and discuss your examples (see above task).

New York Times, "The Great Climate Migration Has Begun", July 2020. link.
William H. Frey. 2004. "The New Great Migration: Black Americans’ Return to the South, 1965-2000", Brookings.
see Charles Blow's new book on reversing the Great Migration (The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto). an interview • a review
Iceland J., Sharp G., Timberlake J.M., 2013. Sun Belt rising: Regional population change and the decline in black residential segregation, 1970–2009. Demography 50, 97–123.
Innis-Jiménez, Michael. 2013. Steel Barrio : The Great Mexican Migration to South Chicago, 1915-1940. New York: New York University Press. [eBooks]
Schulman, Bruce J.. 1991. From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt : Federal Policy, Economic Development, and the Transformation of the South, 1938-1980. Cary: Oxford University Press, Incorporated. [Ebook]
Nickerson, Michelle, and Dochuk, Darren, eds. 2011. Sunbelt Rising : The Politics of Space, Place, and Region. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. [Ebook]
McDonald, John. 2008. Urban America : Growth, Crisis, and Rebirth. Armonk: Taylor & Francis Group. [ Ebook] (see the chapters on the Sunbelt for a basic overview of the rise of this region)
Triandafyllidou, Anna, ed. 2018. Handbook of Migration and Globalisation. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. [ Ebook].
International Organization for Migration (IOM) & UN Habitat. 2021. INTEGRATING MIGRATION INTO URBAN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES.
Emily Badger. 2021. Covid Didn't Kill Cities. Why Was That Prophecy So Alluring? The New York Times. July 12.
Derek Thompson. 2021. Superstar Cities Are in Trouble The past year has offered a glimpse of the nowhere-everywhere future of work, and it isn't optimistic for big cities.The Atlantic. Feb 1.
David Sirota and Julia Rock. 2021. Parts of the US are getting dangerously hot. Yet Americans are moving the wrong way. [opinion] The Guardian. Aug 16.
Abrahm Lustgarten. 2020. Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration. ProPublica. Sep 15. [see also NYTimesarticle]
Asya Pisarevskaya, Nathan Levy, Peter Scholten, Joost Jansen, Mapping migration studies: An empirical analysis of the coming of age of a research fieldMigration Studies, Volume 8, Issue 3, September 2020, Pages 455–481.
Liu, Y., Stillwell, J., Shen, J. et al. Interprovincial Migration, Regional Development and State Policy in China, 1985–2010Appl. Spatial Analysis 7, 47–70 (2014). https://doi-org.proxy.lib.umich.edu/10.1007/s12061-014-9102-6
David Byler, 2021, Why California’s population boom has stalled . Washington Post. March 31.
PPIC. 2021. California’s Stalled Population Growth.
New American Economy. 2011. Immigration and North Carolina North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park Supports Innovation, Spurs Job Creation
Fishman R. The Fifth Migration. Journal of the American Planning Association. 2005;71(4):357-366. [in Canvas]
Molloy, Raven, Christopher L. Smith, and Abigail Wozniak. “Internal Migration in the United States.” The Journal of Economic Perspectives 25, no. 3 (2011): 173–96. [in Canvas]

Migration Data and Mapping:
US Census: Census Flows Mapper * Internal Migration in The U.S. - Exploring the Census Flows Mapper * State-to-State Migration Flows * Migration/Geographic Mobility CPS Historical Migration/Geographic Mobility Tables DataMigration Flows Data Available for Counties, Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Minor Civil Divisions
NY Times: Mapping Migration in the United States

[Note: if you are not a subscriber to a newspaper and you hit a paywall, you can access the article through the UM Library. But even better: UM students are provided access to the NY Times through the central student government.
There's quick registration process, but once you complete it, you should have access to direct links.  https://www.csg.umich.edu/subscriptions [You can also get a subscription to the Wall Street Journal.]


Nov 24: NO CLASS: Thanksgiving Break


Nov 29: Global Regions

Nov 29: Global Regions - Intro: Globalization's Impact on Regional Planning and Development (including the rise of "global city-regions) in the US and Asia

Note: we will begin today's class with the remaining migration presentations (continuing from the previous week), and then shifting to global regions.

Scott, Allen J., John Agnew, Edward W. Soja, and Michael Storper "Global City-Regions," in Scott, A. (Ed.) (2001). Global City-Regions: Trends Theory, Prospects. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 11-30.
Yi Li & Fulong Wu (2018) Understanding city-regionalism in China: regional cooperation in the Yangtze River Delta, Regional Studies, 52:3, 313-324
John Harrison & Hao Gu (2021) Planning megaregional futures: spatial imaginaries and megaregion formation in ChinaRegional Studies, 55:1, 77-89

see also:

Xu, Jiang, and Yeh, Anthony G. O., eds. 2010. Governance and Planning of Mega-City Regions : An International Comparative Perspective. London: Taylor & Francis Group. [ Ebook]
Kidokoro, Tetsuo, Harata, Noboru, Subanu, L. P., Jessen, J., Motte, A., and Seltzer, E. P., eds. 2008. Sustainable City Regions: : Space, Place and Governance. Tokyo: Springer Japan. [ Ebook]
Hoffmann, Anne Marie. 2018. Regional Governance and Policy-Making in South America. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG. [ Ebook]
Scott, Allen. 'Globalization and the Rise of City-Regions' GaWC Research Bulletin 26 (Z). html
Sugden, R. and J.R. Wilson. 'Globalisation, the New Economy and Regionalisation' GaWC Research Bulletin 70 (A) html
Scott, Allen J., John Agnew, Edward W. Soja, and Michael Storper. 1999. "Global City-Regions." (Conference Theme Paper). Global City-Regions Conference, UCLA.

Dec 1: European Union and Regional Planning

Klaus Kunzmann. 2006. The Europeanization of Spatial Planning, in Adams, Neil (Editor). Regional Development and Spatial Planning in an Enlarged European Union. Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Ashgate Publishing Group. (Chapter 3) [also available online via Taylor and Francis]
Taylor, P.J. 'Regionality within Globalization: What Does it Mean for Europe?'GaWC Research Bulletin 35 (Z) html
Krätke, S. The Metropolization of the European Urban and Regional System GaWC Research Bulletin 193 html
Albrechts, Louis, Patsy Healey, Klaus R Kunzmann. 2003. Strategic spatial planning and regional governance in Europe. Journal of the American Planning Association.Vol.69, Iss. 2 (Spring):  113 - 129
Faludi, Andrea, "The Megalopolis, the Blue Banana, and Global Economic Integration Zones in European Planning Thought," in Ross, Catherine L.(ed.). 2009. Megaregions : Planning for Global Competitiveness. Covelo, CA, USA: Island Press. [eBooks]

see also:

McCann, P.. 2015. Regional and Urban Policy of the European Union : Cohesion, Results-Orientation and Smart Specialisation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.[Ebook]
Faludi, Andreas. 2010. Cohesion, Coherence, Cooperation: European Spatial Planning Coming of Age? : European Spatial Planning Coming of Age?. London: Taylor & Francis Group. [ Ebook]


Dec 6: Student Presentation


Dec 8: Final Class & Synthesis & Future Directions for Regionalism

see final class task, including short presentations.