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Making the New College Town: How Preparation and Partnerships Transformed Kent, Ohio

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
11:30 a.m.1 p.m.


CHASS Interdisciplinary Bldg South , 1111
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In the past eight years, the city of Kent underwent dramatic transformations. The downtown was completely uplifted with a new hotel, a multimodal facility, brand new shops, new company offices, and a reconfigured landscape. The physical and institutional connections between Kent State University and the City of Kent were enhanced with a new bicycle path and walkway, a bike sharing program, and a host of joint initiatives. This presentation examines how these changes occurred, especially as they took place during the Great Recession. Using interviews with key figures and systematic analysis of planning documents and newspaper articles, we demonstrate the importance of 1) generational shifts in the population of town and university, 2) steps taken by early leaders that were refined and put into action, and 3) opportunities presented by the overall political and economic environment.

Dr. David Kaplan has written some 60 peerreviewed articles and chapters, and 10 books including two titles just published: Navigating Ethnicity and Scaling Identities. Dr. Kaplan’s research interests include nationalism, borderlands, ethnic and racial segregation, urban and regional development, housing finance, and sustainable transportation. Dr. Kaplan has directly supervised over 40 graduate students and teaches courses on many different aspects of human geography. Dr. Kaplan is also a Councilor for the American Geographical Society, the United States’ oldest geographical organization. He edits the Geographical Review, the flagship journal of the American Geographical Society, as well as National Identities.


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