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Patrick Cooper-McCann

Current Student—Ph.D in Urban and Regional Planning

Patrick Cooper-McCann

pcooperm@umich.edu
Dissertation Committee: Margaret Dewar (chair), June Manning Thomas, Scott Campbell, and David Thacher (cognate)

Areas of Interest: urban governance, urban politics, community development, shrinking cities, urban history, planning history, Detroit

Dissertation Research:

Cities everywhere seem to be turning to alternative arrangements to provide municipal services and facilities.  These arrangements include self-provisioning, philanthropy, contracting out, privatization, and regional and state takeovers, together constituting a form of governance beyond the local state.  In my dissertation, I investigate to what extent this is true and whether the coordinated use of these arrangements represents a viable strategy for strengthening the public realm.  I do so through a detailed study of one extreme case: park provision in Detroit.  In the first part of the study, I analyze the institutional structure of park provision, investigating how the provision of parks in Detroit has changed over time and why. In the second part of the study, I evaluate contemporary arrangements to provide parks, analyzing who is benefiting and who is losing from the way parks are provided in Detroit today.  I use my findings to make policy recommendations on how best to structure the provision of public services and facilities to strengthen the public realm, especially in distressed cities like Detroit.

Publications:

  • Dewar, Margaret, Matthew Weber, Eric Seymour, Meagan Elliott, & Patrick Cooper-McCann. Forthcoming 2015. “Learning from Detroit: How Research on a Declining City Enriches Urban Studies.” In Michael Peter Smith and L. Owen Kirkpatrick (Eds.), Reinventing Detroit. (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers).
  • Cooper-McCann, Patrick. 2014. “A Review of ‘Collaborative Governance for Urban Revitalization: Lessons from Empowerment Zones.’” Journal of the American Planning Association. 80(3): 279. DOI: 10.1080/01944363.2014.972224.
  • Cooper-McCann, Patrick. (2013). Urban Triage in Cleveland and St. Louis (Master's thesis).

Conference Presentations:

  • Roundtable Participant. “Emerging Models of Resilient Regeneration Sponsored by the Vacant Property Research Network.” ACSP 2014. Philadelphia, PA. November 1, 2014.
  • “Putting Equity Back Into Shrinking Cities Planning.” BANKRUPT: Economic Crisis and the Built Environment. University of Michigan. April 6, 2014.
  • "Urban Triage in St. Louis." 15th National Conference on Planning History. Toronto. October 5, 2013.

Awards:

  • Vacant Property Research Network Conference Travel Grant, 2014
  • Rackham Conference Travel Grant, 2014
  • Nonprofit & Public Management Center Doctoral Support Grant, 2014
  • Vacant Property Research Network Masters Scholarship Award, 2014
  • Rackham Centennial Fellowship Award, 2013
  • Rackham Conference Travel Grant, 2013
  • Rackham Student Research Grant, 2013

For my full CV, please see http://patrickcoopermccann.com/cv/.

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