6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (EDT)


  • Harvard GSD, Piper Auditorium
  • 48 Quincy Street
  • Cambridge
  • MA

In her GSD lecture, Rachel Meltzer, Plimpton Associate Professor of Planning and Urban Economics drew on examples from her research to demonstrate how local impacts from broad-based events and interventions—what Meltzer characterizes as global shocks—can be quite uneven at the neighborhood scale. When this local variation is missed, policy and planning can be at best crude and at worst the source of persistent disparities across communities.

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Samuel (Sam) Plimpton MBA ’77, MArch ’80, and Wendy Shattuck provided a generous gift in 2019 to establish the Plimpton Professorship of Planning and Urban Economics. For Plimpton, a partner emeritus and senior advisor at the Baupost Group, LLC, and member of the GSD’s Dean’s Leadership Council, the gift was part of a long partnership with the GSD.

Plimpton and Shattuck’s vision for the chair, informed by Plimpton’s extensive experience in urban real estate, was to position the GSD at the forefront of the emerging field of urban economics, which has transformed as cities move from industrial to service-based economies.

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