Department of Geography and the Environment

Robert Lemon

Research FellowMCRP, The Ohio State University; MLA, The University of California, Berkeley;, PhD, University of Texas at Austin (Geography)

Urban and Social Researcher
Robert Lemon



Social Practices; Urban Landscape Representation; Streetscapes (Public and Semi-Public Spaces); Culinary Practices and the food system; Latino spaces





GRG F337 • The Modern American City

84505 • Summer 2013
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM CLA 1.102


Cities are dynamic places that concentrate financial capital as well as human and natural resources. In an era of globalization it is important to not only understand the city as a milieu comprised of neighborhoods, land uses, and political forces, but also as a node within a system of economic, social, and technological networks that are transforming landscapes well beyond the city limits. This course will briefly trace the formation of US cities from their rural beginnings through industrialization to their contemporary condition. We will focus on the city as a place that perpetually forges new relationships between capital, society, and nature. Additionally, we will investigate the deep-rooted social and economic processes of the neo-liberal city from a spatial perspective to acquire a more robust understanding of the contemporary built environment and urban life in the United States. Employing traditional methods and contemporary concepts of urban geography, this course introduces students to significant themes in academic urban geography and teaches them to critically interpret the perpetual changing American urban landscape and hypothesize its future development.




The course is designed for upper division students who want a more thorough understanding of urban processes. The course is pertinent for those interested in graduate studies or administrative work in urban geography, public policy, city planning, environmental planning, architecture and/or landscape architecture.


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