Category Archive: Urban Policy Analysis and Management

Designer, Meet Policymaker – A Collaborative Effort


The Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, Urban Policy Lab has collaborated with Parsons to take a stab at prison reform. After a yearlong campaign,  the Correctional Association of New York is contemplating a major makeover—from both a policy and design standpoint. Students from both programs have had the opportunity to collaborate and experience the …

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Summer and Fall 2014 Milano Course Schedules

Click here to view the Summer 2014 Milano Course Schedule (PDF). Click here to view the Summer 2014 Language Course Schedule (PDF). Click here to view theFall 2014 Milano Course Schedule (PDF). Click here to view Fall 2014 GPIA courses by Concentration (PDF).   Click here to view the Fall 2014 Parsons Courses of Interest to Milano Students …

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Creating a Route to Success


Like most people my age, I feel the pressures of a shifting economic landscape. In part, I have interpreted these pressures to mean that if I want to be competitive in the job market, particularly in these fields, it would be an immense asset to have an advanced degree. These interests in a general sense speak to where my priorities are in terms of career and the type of society I would like to help create.

Urban Policy Professor Rachel Meltzer on the Impact of Business Improvement Districts

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The goals of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)are to make business blocks look better, attract more customers, and draw good merchants to vacant properties. Currently there is a stark contrast in funding and benefits between Manhattan BIDs and those in the outer boroughs. In a recent article by the Bronx Bureau, Urban Policy Professor Rachel Meltzer is …

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Urban Policy Professor Jeff Smith Discusses The Relationship Between Democratic Mayors and Republican Governors in The Atlantic


Professor Jeff Smith had an article featured on The Atlantic’s website entitled “Why Black Democratic Mayors and GOP Governors are BFFs,” Smith wrote about the seemingly unorthodox, but somewhat common relationship between black urban mayors and their white Republican governors. He cites as his two primary cases the relationships between Newark mayor Cory Booker and New …

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