Urban Development Essay

Econ 613/413 Urban Economics
Spring 2021 Midterm Exam
Please answer two of the following three questions. Each response should include five paragraphs in the form of a persuasive essay. The first paragraph will include your answer to the essay question and a description of your three main arguments. The second, third and fourth paragraphs will describe your first, second and third arguments, respectively. Each paragraph will include a thesis statement and incorporate evidence from readings presented throughout the semester. Each essay will be worth 12.5 points.

  1. Why do you believe cities were experiencing a resurgence (Pre COVID-19)? Make at least one reference to the academic article (though you can agree or disagree with the authors’ argument). If you include arguments outside of the academic article, make sure to reference academic sources to support your arguments. Feel free to include your speculations about whether this resurgence will continue post COVID-19 in your conclusion.
  2. Is sprawl good or bad? Make at least three references to the academic article (though you can agree or disagree with the authors’ argument). If you include arguments outside of the academic article, make sure to reference academic sources to support your arguments.
  3. Do you think we have a problem with “affordable housing” in the United States? Please use evidence from the article to support your argument. If you do believe we have issues with “affordable housing” in the US, please include in your conclusion what housing policies you believe could address these issues.