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The central theme of this case study is that cities facing drastically distinct development challenges may still pursue similar sustainable solutions. In pursuing the same objective of re-densification, the cities are considering similar strategies: rezoning and redefined land use, enhanced public transportation, and green urban infrastructure, to name a few. This case ends by prompting students to consider these strategies: which are the most important for achieving re-densification?

A shrinking Detroit and an expanding Guangzhou shape this case, which aims to introduce readers to the nuances of population density and the importance of redensification in sustainable urban plann

Rwanda has seen remarkable economic growth. However, food security remains a challenge in its rapidly modernizing capital city, Kigali. This case explores if an urban agriculture program can address the complex drivers of food insecurity in Kigali. 

This case evaluates the premade decision of the Kigali City Council (KCC) to incorporate urban agriculture into the city’s long-term development agenda, as the key tool to address the problem of fo

In this case, the definition of sustainable is based on how the energy is produced and does not consider public or environmental prosperity. Through this we see that just because something carries the label of sustainable development, it doesn’t make it a good thing— it can make many relevant actors worse off than they were before. This case brings the reader to consider how varied motivations for implementing a sustainable development project may not always be environmental protection.

Chief Minister Taib has set in place a massive sustainable dam project (SCORE) to increase energy production throughout Malaysia and develop Sarawak’s economy by bringing foreign industrial investm

A looming battle at the polls threatens two important civic projects, and leaders look for a way around the funding and political dilemma.

This case can be used to help students learn about the politics of tax initiatives as a tool for funding important community projects.

After Major League Soccer announced a plan to bring a team to Salt Lake City, the subsequent intergovernmental tensions with regard to funding and building a stadium caused the Major League Soccer to question their decision.

Major League Soccer announced plans to bring a team to Salt Lake City, Utah, and originally the organization announced plans to build a soccer stadium in downtown.

Focuses on the academic, administrative, local and regional issues surrounding a county school board's failed attempt to partner with a local college and successful partnering with an out-of- state University in creating a dual enrollment program.

This case focuses on the academic, administrative, local and regional issues surrounding the attempts by a county school board to partner with a local college in designing and implementing a dual e

A county administrator carefully prepares a plan to replace a deteriorating elementary school with a new building that meets current safety and environmental standards, but voters scuttle authorization of the bond issue needed to finance it.

This brief, three part case depicts a public official encountering the fundamental and ongoing tension between democracy and administrative judgment.

This E-PARCC award-winning case chronicles Seattle’s effort in 2014 to become the first major city in the country to pass a law raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour. It’s told from the perspective of protagonist Ed Murray, the newly elected Mayor of Seattle who attempts to broker a deal by assembling a large and diverse committee of affected stakeholders to write the law.

This E-PARCC award-winning case, "Combat and Collaboration in Seattle's Historic Minimum Wage Debate” provides a gripping and vivid example of an innovative policy-making process in a major city.

After 5 cyclist fatalities in 16 months, city leaders decided something needed to be done.

Bicycling and Coast City is a comprehensive case study based upon a fictionalized city on the central coast of a Western state.

This three part case chronicles a philosophical and practical shift in services to children and families at the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS), and the resulting collaborative process for change across distinct human service jurisdictions.

This three part case chronicles a philosophical and practical shift in services to children and families at the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS), and the resulting collaborative process for