PLG 211 Sex in the City
This class is designed to illuminate two major issues. The first is how women both helped to create and are affected by the modern city. The second major issue is how sex or gender as a commodity, a series of activities, both personal and public, and most specifically as an economic determinant, helped shape the urban communities we have today and currently play out in modern sprawling cities. In particular we will focus individually on how sex workers and gay/lesbian/transgendered people shaped urban spatial patterns in the past and their current effects on city growth and economic development. Over time the need to keep their existence and activities away from public censure and legal constraints created spatial catchment areas that ultimately changed the form of urban areas. Ironically today, in search of the economic development effects of "the creative class" cities currently seek out the very people they once tried to legislate out of the city. The ultimate objective of the readings and discussions is an assessment of the public policy and planning implications of the observed patterns and trends. The course has four major sections, each focused on one major topic or perspective, although they really overlap one another significantly, both temporally and in terms of how the topics relate to one another.