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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.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

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.