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11.422 Downtown Management Organizations

As taught in: Fall 2006

A graphical representation of crime in Philadelphia.

Crime in Philadelphia is mapped using graphical software. (Image courtesy of Prof. Lorlene Hoyt.)




Prof. Lorlene Hoyt

Course Features

Course Description

This course focuses on the origins, functions, and implications of downtown management organizations (DMOs), such as business improvement districts, in a variety of national contexts including the United States, Canada, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. It critically examines how a range of urban theories provide a rationale for the establishment and design of DMOs; the evolution and transnational transfer of DMO policy; and the spatial and political externalities associated with the local proliferation of DMOs. Particular emphasis is given to the role of DMOs in securing public space.