Goldsmith appointed chair of CRP
Professor William Goldsmith recently became chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning, following the three-year term of Associate Professor Kenneth Reardon. Goldsmith will serve for the 2007–2008 academic year, during which a chair search will be conducted.
Goldsmith's research and writing have focused on the viability, development, and structure of cities and regions, and on problems of neighborhoods, suburbs, and peripheries. He studies the ethnic/racial segregation and low-density sprawl that afflict most U.S. cities, as well as the poverty and environmental degradation that afflict cities and regions in Latin America. He has published mainly on three subjects: inequality in U.S. cities, regional development and urbanization in Latin America, and planning methods and pedagogy.
He is currently writing the second edition of "Separate Societies: Poverty and Inequality in U.S. Cities." The first edition, coauthored with Edward J. Blakely, received the Paul Davidoff (best book) Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
Goldsmith earned a civil engineering degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1963 and a Ph.D. in regional planning from Cornell in 1968.