William W. Goldsmith

William Goldsmith teaches about the development and structure of cities, and the problems of neighborhoods, suburbs, and peripheries. He studies racial segregation, inequality, and low-density sprawl in U.S. cities and poverty, environmental degradation, regional development, and urbanization in Latin America. He won Fulbright awards to Colombia, Brazil, and Italy. His Separate Societies: Poverty and Inequality in U.S. Cities won the Paul Davidoff award in 1993. A second edition was published in 2010. He is working on a book on new options for US urban policy. He served many years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. Goldsmith received a B.S.C.E. from the University of California-Berkeley in 1963 and his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1968.

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Classes (Selected)

  • CRP 5190 Urban Spatial Theory (graduate)This course explores the rich legacy of urban physical planning and design, examining both the reification of human values in the built environment and the shaping of society and culture by the places we have envisioned, planned and built. A spectrum of forces and agents—economic, political, religious, technological—will be analyzed to understand their impact on the spatial form of cities and regions. Themes include the origins of urban settlements; humanism, utopianism and the quest for the "ideal city"; the dialectics of modernity and tradition; power and the grassroots; the role of transportation technology; the spatial dynamics of race and class; and the urban crisis, "white flight" and suburbanization. The course concludes with an analysis of contemporary urbanism and an assessment of the renewal of city life in an age of unprecedented global urbanization, peak oil and light speed flows of ideas and information.
  • CRP 3770/6870 The City in Brazil (Brazil)
  • CRP 1100 The American City (undergraduate)Introductory course on the evolution of urban problems and opportunities facing the majority of this country's population as we enter the first decade of the 21st century. Readings, discussions, and brief papers explore topics ranging from suburban development to central city poverty, from environmental threats to downtown revitalization, and from municipal finance to the new position of women in the urban economy.
  • CRP 3721/6711 The European City (Rome)

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Paul Davidoff Award for Best Book on Social Equity from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, for the (coauthored) book Separate Societies (1993)
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Colombia (1973)
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Brazil (1982)
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Italy (2005)

Publications (Selected)

  • Separate Societies: Poverty and Inequality in U.S. Cities, 2nd edition (2010)
  • "What's Under the Bed? City, Pasta, or Commie: Reflections on a Semester Teaching American Students in Italy," Journal of Planning Education and Research (1999)
  • "Operation Bootstrap, Industrial Autonomy, and a Parallel Economy for Puerto Rico," International Regional Science Review (1979)