Resources in Urban Studies
The Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College is home to a broad assortment of books, scholarly journals, national and international databases, and other print and electronic media related to urban studies and is available to students throughout the year.
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Each year, New College students in Urban Studies are given the opportunity to work with our expert faculty assisting the Sarasota and Bradenton communities with a broad range of issues, including downtown development and redevelopment, neighborhood revitalization, urban infill, and building safer and more pedestrian friendly urban environments.
One such recent project involved students who worked with Professor David Brain and community leaders to revitalize commercial development on the north end of Sarasota’s most prestigious barrier island, Longboat Key. They collected background data — a review of past plans, existing zoning and existing conditions. Then they interviewed residents and business and property owners to seek their ideas for the area, including potential uses for its commercial properties. Learn more.