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Myths of Population Decline and Fiscal Stress in American Cities

May 19, 2014 by Jim Russell

Populations and Cities

Setting the stage with the shrinking city narrative needs to stop. Yes, urban residents did dine and dash. They ran up a huge tab and then escaped to the suburbs. That’s demographic water under the bridge. This debt is baked into the humble pie today’s politicians must eat.[read more]

Shrinking Cities: The Forgetting Machine

January 18, 2012 by Jason King

One of our supplementary readings for the Shrinking Cities group is the recent essay by Jerry Herron on The Design Observer entitled 'The Forgetting Machine: Notes Toward a History of Detroit.'  The author is from Wayne State and has been a resident of Detroit since the early eighties, so it avoids some of the outsider rhetoric, but...[read more]

Only in Shrinking Cities: the benefits for urban planning in smaller industrial cities

October 16, 2009 by Polis International

In my first article on shrinking cities, I discussed the concepts behind urban planning for shrinking cities, offering a broad overview of the challenges and benefits of these cities. In this article, I would like to focus on the benefits of shrinking cities and the assets that make them attractive options for creative and innovative...[read more]