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PLAN 714: Urban Spatial Structure: Home

What is in this guide?

This course research guide/guide is designed to act as a resource for PLAN714: Urban Spatial Structure.  This course emphasizes theories and empirical evidence of the contemporary spatial development of metropolitan areas.  Within this guide, there are tabs along the top to navigate to pages containing more detailed information about:

  • Scholarly Resources: This tab includes a variety of links to resources for research (books, journal articles, newspapers).
  • Data SourcesThis tab links to a variety of useful spatial and non-spatial data sources. 


Though the guide contains a broad collection of useful information, data, and other resources, it is by no means meant to be comprehensive or exhaustive.  You are encouraged to be creative and innovative in the tools, data, and information that you utilize!  

The following Group Assignments and Individual Assignments, in Word Document format, will be due at the beginning of class on the dates listed below:

         Group Assignment 1 -- TBA   |   Group Assignment 2 -- TBA   |   Group Assignment 3 -- TBA

Individual Assignment 1 -- TBA   |   Individual Assignment 2 -- TBA

Students will study the following cities:

Use the 2013 .xls file list of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas as definitions for the MSAs in the assignments.

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Birmingham-Hoover, AL  |  Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC  |  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI  |  Las Vega-Henderson-Paradise, NV  |  New Orleans-Metairie, LA

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD  |  Providence-Warwick, R-MA  |  San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA  |  Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA  |  St. Louis, MO-IL


Click here for a map showing the 2013 Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas for the entire United States.

Click here for a map showing the 2009 Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas for the entire United States.

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