When And Why Do We Overbuild? Lessons From Chicago” presentation by Rachel Weber, Professor, Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago

Time and Place

Time: 2:00pm
Location: UWM Greene Hall

Sponsored By

UWM College of Letters & Science, the Henry W. Maier Fund, the Department of Urban Planning, the Center for Economic Development, and Urban Studies Programs


Rachel Weber is a professor in the Urban Planning and Policy Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she conducts research in economic development, real estate, and public finance. She has expertise in the areas of urban and regional economic development, public finance, municipal government law, planning theory, andreal estate. She has conducted extensive research on the impact of changes in capital markets on urban economies and the built environment. She has also written on school and infrastructure finance, the effect of e-commerce on bricks-and-mortar retailers, the design of incentive contracts, and participatory budgeting. She is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning and author of From Boom to Bubble: How Finance Built the New Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Weber was appointed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the Tax Increment Financing Reform Task Force and was a member of the Urban Policy Advisory Committee for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Presentation Summary

Rachel Weber is the author of From Boom to Bubble: How Finance Built the New Chicago (University of Chicago Press,2015), which received the 2017
Best Book in Urban Affairs award from the Urban Affairs Association. Her research focuses on the relationship between finance and the built environment.

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Greene Hall, 3347 N. Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States.

Questions, comments?

All lectures are free and open to the public.
Additional information about the lecture and by emailing any inquiries to Urban Planning Department Chair Nancy Frank