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UAA 39th Annual Meeting

This is the first time the international meeting of the Urban Affairs Association has met in Chicago and it expects to attract up to 800 scholars from around the world. Under the conference theme Contesting and Sustaining the City: Neighborhood, Region, or World? the  UAA is offering a host of panels and colloquies on Chicago, the Burnham Plan and the future of our city and region. The public is cordially invited to attend the opening Plenary and any or all of the Chicago Track Session free of charge. All of the sessions listed below will take place at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel, 1 West Wacker Drive, Chicago. No RSVP is needed

Thursday, March 5, 2009 11:15 AM–12:25 PM
Grand Ballroom I, II, and III (2nd Floor)

Daniel Burnham and Urban Planning:  Then and Now

Convener:  Adele Simmons (Vice Chair Burnham Plan Centennial Committee, Senior Executive and Vice Chair of Chicago Metropolis 2020)


  • Scott Bernstein  (President, Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • Carl Abbott  (Professor, Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University)
  • Carl Smith (Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies, Northwestern University)

Sponsored by Chicago Community Trust and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

CHICAGO TRACK SESSIONS                                                                                                                      All Chicago Track Sessions take place in the Renaissance A  Room (3rd Floor)

Thursday, March 05, 8:00 AM–9:25 AM

Assessing the State of Urban Theory: The View from Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago
Moderator: Dennis Judd (University of Illinois at Chicago)

  • "Informal City": The Contested Conditions of Everyday Life in Belfast, Chicago, and Kolkata - David Perry (University of Illinois at Chicago), Frank Gaffikin (University of Ulster), Ratoola Kundu (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • The LA School and Politics of Noir: Bringing the State Back In -Steve Erie (University of California, San Diego), Scott McKenzie (University of California, San Diego)
  • The New Chicago School of Urbanism and the New Daley Machine Dick Simpson (University of Illinois at Chicago), Tom Kelly (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Thursday, March 05, 9:45-11:10 AM

Burnham’s Cities: Global Legacies and Influence from the First Generation of Global Urban Planners

Moderator: John A. Shuler (University of Illinois Chicago)     

  • John A. Chuler (University of ILlinois Chicago)
  • Charles J. Hoch (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Joseph P. Schwieterman (DePaul University)

Thursday, March 05, 2:00-3:25 PM

Urban Anchor Institutions as Sources of Urban Development in the New Century)
Moderator: Rosalind Greenstein (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy)

  • Wim Wiewel (Portland State University)
  • Terry Mazany (Chicago Community Trust)
  • Eugenie Birch (University of Pennsylvania)

Thursday, March 05, 3:45 PM- 5:10 PM

Building Chicago's Spectacular: From Burnham to Daley

Moderators: Dennis R. Judd (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Costas Spirou (National-Louis University in Chicago)

  • Dennis R. Judd (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Costas Spirou (National-Louis University in Chicago)
  • Ed Uhlir (Director of Planning, Architecture, and Landscape—Millennium Park)
  • Perry R. Duis (University of Illinois at Chicago) 

Friday, March 06, 9:30 AM-10:55 AM

Mixed-Income Development in the U.S.: Dynamics on the Ground
Moderator: Amy Khare (University of Chicago)

  • Social Norms and Social Control: Uses and Expectations of Space and Place in Mixed-Income Communities  Robert Chaskin (University of Chicago), Mark Joseph (Case Western Reserve University)
  • The Consequences of Diversity: Race and Class Cleavages in Mixed-Income Neighborhoods Laura Tach (Harvard University)
  • The Contours of Mixed-Income Living in the Music City  James Fraser (Vanderbilt University), Karl Jones (Vanderbilt University), Josh Bazuin (Vanderbilt University)
  • Longer-Term Outcomes in a Mixed-Income Development: Evidence from Seattle  Rachel Garshick Kleit (University of Washington)

Friday, March 06, 11:20 AM–12:45 PM

Chicago...Not as It Has Been, But as It's Becoming

Moderator: Larry Bennett (DePaul University)

  • Allert Brown-Gort (University of Notre Dame)
  • Roberta Garner (DePaul University)
  • John Koval (University of Notre Dame)
  • Mary Pattillo (Northwestern University)
  • Scott Waguespack (Alderman-32nd Ward, City of Chicago)


Friday, March 06, 2:05PM-3:30PM

The Mixed-Income Strategy in Chicago: What Are We Learning?
Moderator: Mark Joseph (Case Western Reserve University)

  • Andy Geer (Executive Director, Heartland Housing, Inc.)
  • Danielle Walters (Executive Director, Stateway Community Partners)
  • Daisy Black (Director of Property Management, The Community Builders, Inc.)
  • Robin Snyderman (Vice-President of Community Development, Metropolitan Planning Council)

Friday, March 06, 3:50 PM–5:15 PM

The City of Civil Society: The Enfranchisement of Chicago's Non-Profit Sector
Moderator: Rachel Weber (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Program Partner

Urban Affairs Association

The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service providers. UAA exists to:

  • Encourage the dissemination of information about urbanism and urbanization
  • Support the development of university education, research, ...

This program was offered on these dates:
Thursday, March 5, 2009 11:15am to 12:25pm
Thursday, March 5, 2009 8:00am to 8:25am
Thursday, March 5, 2009 10:45am to 12:10pm
Thursday, March 5, 2009 2:00pm to 3:25pm
Thursday, March 5, 2009 3:45pm to 5:10pm
Friday, March 6, 2009 9:30am to 10:55am
Friday, March 6, 2009 11:20am to 12:45pm
Friday, March 6, 2009 2:05pm to 3:30pm
Friday, March 6, 2009 3:15pm to 5:30pm

Urban Affairs Association

Cost: Free

Contact: Professor David Perry, Director Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago, 312.355.3926 or Marilyn Ruiz 312.996.8874


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