ULI Arizona program brings urban planning to the classroom

Jim Belfiore, owner and president of Belfiore Real Estate Consulting, is one of the ULI Arizona members who lends his time to give UrbanPlan students feedback on their projects.

By Jesse A. Millard | AZBigMedia

Learning the economics and intricacies of land development can be a dry topic for high school students, but the UrbanPlan curriculum at Tempe’s Desert Vista High School is engaging students by having them design their very own mixed-use development.

Teams of students are tasked with submitting a site plan for a request for proposal from a faux city council. These students have to consider the RFP, neighborhood demands, financial objectives, the site’s layout and economic winds of the time while they simulate a development team.

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