A number of U.S. cities, former manufacturing centers of the
Northeast and Midwest, have suffered such dramatic losses in
population and employment that urban experts have put them in a
class by themselves, calling them "rustbelt cities," "shrinking
cities," and more recently "legacy cities." This decline has led to
property disinvestment, extensive demolition, and abandonment.
While much policy and planning have focused on growth and
redevelopment, little research has investigated the conditions of
disinvested places and why some improvement efforts have greater
impact than others.
The City After Abandonment brings together essays from top
urban planning experts to focus on policy and planning issues
related to three questions. What are cities becoming after
abandonment? The rise of community gardens and artists'
installations in Detroit and St. Louis reveal numerous unexamined
impacts of population decline on the development of these cities.
Why these outcomes? By analyzing post-hurricane policy in New
Orleans, the acceptance of becoming a smaller city in Youngstown,
Ohio, and targeted assistance to small areas of Baltimore,
Cleveland, and Detroit, this book assesses how varied institutions
and policies affect the process of change in cities where demand
for property is very weak. What should abandoned areas of cities
become? Assuming growth is not a choice, this book assesses widely
cited formulas for addressing vacancy; analyzes the sustainability
plans of Cleveland, Buffalo, Philadelphia, and Baltimore; suggests
an urban design scheme for shrinking cities; and lays out ways
policymakers and planners can approach the future through processes
and ideas that differ from those in growing cities.
Subjects: Political Science
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