- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) - Ten Harvard University graduate students are spending the semester studying the downtown Indiana Harbor neighborhood of East Chicago to come up with development plans.

The students spent three days Wednesday through Friday touring different aspects of the city and meeting with residents and leaders, The Times of Munster reported (https://bit.ly/1ilJim8 ). Richard Peiser, professor of real estate development at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, said the study will help students gain a deeper understanding of the complexities in real urban environments.

“There’s a lot more going on in the North Harbor area than I anticipated, both with the demolitions of vacant buildings and construction of new housing,” Peiser said.

The areas of study range from architecture, real estate development, urban planning and landscape architecture.

Students said waterfront access and downtown areas are strengths the community can leverage with the right development.

“It’s just a matter of putting all the ingredients together and come out with a more physical strategy, including real estate financial assessments, social and environmental considerations,” Zhiping Liu said.

Peiser said there was a lot of student interest to take part in the study, saying 25 students signed up but there was only enough room for 10.

East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland will visit the students during midterms in Cambridge, Mass., and will receive a recommendation report at the end of the semester.


Information from: The Times, https://www.thetimesonline.com

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