Charles Kindleberger, an urban planner briefly with St. Louis County and with the City of St. Louis from 1976-2005 will be teaching a course this Fall called Planning and Development in St. Louis: Successes, Failures and Lessons Learned. From the course description:
How has the St. Louis region of the 1950s changed over the last fifty plus years? What is better? What is worse? How many of the changes were inevitable? What might we have done differently? This fall PPS 560-02 will examine St. Louis, both the city and region, from diverse perspectives. Taught by Charles Kindleberger, this will be an opportunity to learn and think about St. Louis in the context of state and national urban policies and politics.The class will examine the strengths and weaknesses of St. Louis â€“ what we do well and what is more difficult â€“ and the impact of specific development decisions made over the last fifty years. There will also be a practical component that focuses on writing staff reports, presentations and data sources.
This is my first time having a course taught by someone with their own wikipedia entry (of course wiki didn’t exist when I was an undergrad):
He served the city of St. Louis in a variety of capacities from 1976 to 2005. First, he was director of the Community Development Agency (CDA) Planning and Programming Division. Later, he served as CDA acting executive director. By the 1990s, he was Director of Research in CDA; and after 1999, in the Planning and Urban Design Agency (PDA), a new agency created from the restructuring of CDA. He retired from this position June 30, 2005.
Kindleberger was instrumental in the advancement of information technology applications within St. Louis city government. In particular, he helped initiate the development of the St. Louis Community Information Network, and promoted the development of Geographic Information Systems within St. Louis city government.
Well, as you can imagine, I registered for this course right away. Wednesday nights this semester will be interesting indeed!