L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



John Accordino


Raleigh Building, Room 3001 Phone: (804) 827-0525 Email: jaccordi@vcu.edu


  • Commercial and neighborhood revitalization methods
  • Impacts of community revitalization policies
  • Comparative (U.S. and European) urban revitalization policies


B.A., European History, University of Rochester, New York
Ph.D., Urban and Regional Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Urban economic development policy, planning and finance, commercial revitalization, community planning practice, analytical methods for development planning, European city planning and development

Research interests

Commercial and neighborhood revitalization methods; impacts of community revitalization policies; comparative (U.S. and European) urban revitalization policies


John Accordino, Ph.D., FAICP, began his VCU career in 1986 as an assistant professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He later served as chair of the department. More recently, he was director of the Wilder School’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA). He served as interim dean and then dean from July 2016 until April 2018. He is a professor in the Wilder School’s Urban and Regional Studies and Planning program and also directs partnerships with universities in Italy and Germany.

He has written books, monographs and articles on urban revitalization and related topics, as well as applied-research reports and plans for government agencies, retail merchants associations and community-based development organizations in economic development, commercial revitalization and workforce analysis. He has established student exchanges with two German universities, and he directs VCU’s partnership with the University of Messina, Sicily, which supports both scholarly and student exchanges.

Selected publications

Targeting Investments for Neighborhood Revitalization. Journal of the American Planning Association (Fall 2006). With George Galster and Peter Tatian.

Planning for Impact: Richmond Takes an Aggressive Approach to Targeting Neighborhood Revitalization Resources. Practicing Planner, Vol. 3, No. 1 (March 2005).

Urban Redevelopment Project Financing. Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (2001). With Emil E. Malizia.

Captives of the Cold War Economy: The Struggle for Defense Conversion in American Communities. Praeger Publishers (2000).