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    The School That Jack Built

    This book tells the fascinating story of the talented, energetic, and far-sighted faculty, students, and university administrators, as well as the circumstances and opportunities that shaped the sometimes rocky evolution of the department.


    City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1945–2012.

    By Edward J. Kaiser and Karla Rosenberg


    The Department of City and Regional Planning (DCRP) at UNC-Chapel Hill was the seventh university planning program in the country and the first to be based in the social sciences.  Boldly initiated in 1945 on a university campus with no architecture or engineering program, DCRP was entrusted to a young administrator who had not yet completed his graduate degree in planning at MIT.  Despite its atypical start, DCRP would establish a solid foothold by the early 1950s and grow in size and reputation over the next six decades. We hope that the story of this planning education enterprise will be of value to those who studied and taught within its walls, perhaps providing an impetus to reflect on past efforts, friends, and experiences while appreciating a good story.  We also hope that story will be of interest to friends of DCRP and perhaps to planning education historians looking for insights into the evolution of planning education.

    Observations and anecdotes by alumni and faculty are sprinkled in the margins along with 100 photos of people, occasions, and places.  Sidebars describe some of the main characters in the establishment and evolution of the Department.  There are indexes of people, places, and illustrations, as well as a detailed table of contents, to facilitate browsing.


    Published by The Department of City and Regional Planning, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This book is published in both hard copy and digital versions.

    Hard copy editions cost $20.00 (+$3.00 domestic shipping), contact the department for a copy (

    Digital version
    (note: due to file size, this is a low resolution version)


    Authors:  Edward J. Kaiser and Karla Rosenberg

    Edward J. Kaiser is Professor of Planning, Emeritus, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He began as a doctoral student in the Department of City and Regional Planning in 1961, mentored initially by founding faculty members F. Stuart Chapin, Jr. and James M. Webb, as well as Shirley Weiss.  He joined the faculty in 1966 and was chair of the Department from 1993–1997 before retiring in 2003.

    Karla Rosenberg is an alumna of the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill, class of 2012.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree as well as a Master of Social Work, both from UNC-CH, and a graduate certificate in historic preservation from UNC-Greensboro.  She presently works as a bilingual therapist at Carolina Outreach, LLC in Durham, North Carolina.

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