Urban Economics is the “where” of economics, the study of location choices by firms and households. We will use New York City’s history and current situation as an example of the economic forces operating on cities. Students will participate in a group project to analyze a major urban problem such as housing affordability, poverty, crime and education. The course should be of interest not only to economics majors but to students interested in careers in real estate, government, social services, law enforcement and education, and to students interested in the prospects for jobs in a major urban center. The importance of urban areas, in which 75% of Americans live, and the urban dimension of major social problems should make this course of interest to anyone who plans to live in a metropolitan area or be concerned with the social issues generated by urban life.