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Understanding the City of Mobile

In fall, 2015, Professor Jay Mittal's Urban Economics class focused on the peninsular region of Mobile, AL. The class Identified “critical events” that shaped the City of Mobile by reviewing historic growth of the city and its neighborhoods and traced how demography, infrastructure, economic investments, and politics impacted spatial growth of the city/region.


In the first phase, the class prepared demographic, economic and housing analysis digital maps. As a second phase, the class focused on the “Dauphin Island Parkway (Highway 163)” in the Mobile Peninsular region and prepared strategies to attract investments, and redevelopment of the area. The maps, information, analysis and strategies developed from this plan provided useful feed to the locals and in the city’s ongoing comprehensive plan.

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