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Fall 2005 Practicum « MIT@Lawrence

Fall 2005 Practicum

The Lawrence Practicum, part of the DUSP service learning curriculum, has solidified relationships between DUSP and Lawrence partners. An annual course on city planning, real estate, and affordable development in Lawrence taught by Professors Lorlene Hoyt and Langley Keyes, students produce professional presentations, reports, and technology-based projects for community organizations. Each project represents a small piece of a larger goal of revitalizing Lawrence and continuing the university-community relationship. In fall 2005, as a part of a service learning course, 8 DUSP students collaborated with Lawrence’s city planning department and three affordable housing developers to produce citywide maps of property vacancy and abandonment. Students developed a real estate planning framework with a dual focus on individual property acquisition strategies and collaborative neighborhood development. GIS analysis helped identify clusters of vacancy for possible development and flag specific properties for further research.

Lawrence Practicum Final Report (Fall 2005)