What is Urban in Alaska?
Urban in Alaska was created in response to the need to think of Anchorage as an urban area with urban issues in a state that is typically viewed as a rural expanse. Urban issues in Anchorage are similar to other cities, whether the issue is poverty, food insecurity, homelessness, low employment, access to affordable housing, or mental illness. While these issues may be prominent in non-urban areas, there may be an advantage to bringing another lens of urban studies to problems or solutions, in addition to viewing Anchorage issues in the context of the entire state of Alaska.
The focus on place as something distinct and important and creative is an area of study that has been the purview of urban planners. The appreciation of what place means to people, the social spaces of neighborhoods and what they provide for residents, and the notion of what serves people in designing public spaces and neighborhoods, including those impacted by social issues key in creating livable urban spaces.
Our Urban in Alaska Initiative at UAA includes a number of activities on campus and in the community!
For more information on Urban in Alaska contact:
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