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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2007

T C 301 • Community and Place

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43315 MW
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
CRD 007A

Course Description

Austin, Texas, and the region that surrounds it have been blessed with many natural attributes and other circumstances that have combined to make it one of the most successful cities in the United States, if not the world.

There are many components to this success. Certainly one of the vital aspects of the dynamism of our city and its surrounding region has been a keen involvement by many of its citizens.

In this class we will analyze some of the dimensions that have helped form Austin. We will have a keen interest in some of the present issues that confront it. Certainly many of the Austin region's challenges are national/world wide. It is our intention to understand these matters from a wide perspective as well as tight focus.

We will examine the role of land use, the environment, transportation/transit, business, health care, and education as only a few of the many strands that ultimately weave a tapestry of community for its citizens. It is my hope that a class member will derive an increased understanding of the profound importance of community and place and will be stimulated to become deeply involved as a citizen.

About the professor

E. Lee Walker was an adjunct faculty member in UT's Graduate School of Business, where he was named Outstanding Professor three times for his course "Elements of Entrepreneurship". He taught a freshman course "Community and Place" in the Plan II program. He was President of Dell Computer Corporation from 1986-1990 and was a member of the board of directors of Mobil Telecommunications Technologies, Continuum Corporation, and Skytel. Presently he serves as Chairman of the Board of Pavilion Technologies. Active in community affairs, Professor Walker has served as Chairman of Westcave Preserve since 1983 and is currently Chairman of Capital Metro (1997-present). He is a founding board member of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and served as Chairman 2003-2005. He received his Bachelor of Science in physics from Texas A&M and his MBA degree from Harvard.

Grading Policy

6 short papers (2-3 pp) 10% each 60%

one longer paper (4-5 pp) 30%

class participation 10%


Jane Jacobs, The Death & Life of Great American Cities
James Kunstler, The Geography of Nowhere
William Whyte, City: Rediscovering the Center


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