This course considers the dynamics of housing, markets and neighborhoods and the public policies, designed to regulate them. It will look at the, role of housing in shaping people's quality of, life with a specific focus on housing in Portland., We will consider what housing is-a consumption, good, a social right, or an investment asset?, Possible topics include public housing, the, suburbs, comparisons across different countries,, gentrification, segregation, and the shared, economy.