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Margaret Dewar / University of Michigan

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
September 14, 2016 - 5:30pm

Margaret Dewar will lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Aduitorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. The talk is free and open to the public. Dewar is a professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture.

Dewar’s research is in the broad areas of economic development, housing and community development, urban environmental planning, and urban land use. Her current projects address remaking cities following abandonment and strengthening deteriorated neighborhoods. She analyzes how planners can address issues facing cities that have experienced substantial population and employment loss. Her recent book is The City after Abandonment (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), coedited with June Manning Thomas.

In 2016-17 she is working with Thomas, Lan Deng, and a recent Ph.D. alum on investigating whether and how residents and community-based organizations can save their neighborhoods from the disinvestment mortgage foreclosures have caused. Dewar is completing a project on the everyday remaking of place in the most abandoned areas of cities, and launching a new project that addresses the challenge of refinancing and preserving Low-Income Housing Tax Credit housing as it reaches the end of investors’ commitment in a context of very weak demand.

Dewar teaches courses where advanced students in the Master of Urban Planning program work with community partners to produce plans that support the agendas of those partners, principally in Detroit and Flint. Her students frequently win awards for their projects, including the national Student Project Award from the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Dewar earned a Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of City Planning from Harvard University, and an A.B degree from Wellesley College.