Master of Urban Planning Detroit Trip
University at Buffalo Master of Urban Planning students are heading to Detroit next semester to explore the urban, economic and social landscape of another Rust Belt City. Taking the lead on efforts to plan and fundraise for the trip, the three-day excursion (Feb. 27-29, 2020) is part of a one-credit seminar taught by UB urban planning professor Kerry Traynor.
Detroit has grappled with bankruptcy as well as the complexities of rebuilding and re-imagining a city in economic decline. An enriching hands-on learning experience, the trip offers students the opportunity to meet with planning professionals from a diverse set of planning practices as well as learn from municipal and neighborhood place-based planning in action. Students will participate in a series of pre-departure sessions to discuss related reading materials and trip objectives. The course will culminate in a final reflective project.