360 Degrees of Development: Universities as Real Estate Developers in Atlanta

David Perry, Scott Levitan, Andre Bertrand, Carl Patton, Dwan Packnett and Lawrence Kelley

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The university is increasingly viewed as one of the key institutions of urban development. Where there may have been a time when campus development could have occurred as if the university were an “ivory tower” removed from the “turmoil” of everyday life (Bender, 1988), the institutional importance of academic institution to economic development, local job formation and even to the cultural identity of the city as well as to knowledge formation is now recognized. However important the university may be to the city, the conditions and practices that make up the university – city relationship are not necessarily smooth or well understood. The purpose of this report is to contribute to this understanding.

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