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Sunburnt Cities: The Great Recession, Depopulation and Urban Planning in the American Sunbelt

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In recent years there has been a growing focus on urban and environmental studies, and the skills and techniques needed to address the wider challenges of how to create sustainable communities. Central to that demand is the increasing urgency of addressing the issue of urban decline, and the response has almost always been to pursue growth policies to attempt to reverse that decline. The track record of growth policies has been mixed at best.

Until the first decade of the twenty-first century decline was assumed to be an issue only for former industrial cities the so-called Rust Belt. But the sudden reversal in growth in the major cities of the American Sunbelt has shown that urban decline can be a much wider issue. Justin Hollander 's research into urban decline in both the Sun and Rust Belts draws lessons planners and policy makers that can be applied universally.

Hollander addresses the reasons and statistics behind these shrinking cities with a positive outlook, arguing that growth for growth 's sake is not beneficial for communities, suggesting instead that urban development could be achieved through shrinkage. Case studies on Phoenix, Flint, Orlando and Fresno support the argument, and Hollander delves into the numbers, literature and individual lives affected and how they have changed in response to the declining regions.

Written for urban scholars and to suit a wide range of courses focused on contemporary urban studies, this text forms a base for all study on shrinking cities for professionals, academics and students in urban design, planning, public administration and sociology.

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This timely report by Justin Hollander, a researcher and professor of urban and environmental policy at Tufts University, examines the recession driven depopulation of regions previously thought to be less prone to this phenomenon. Exploring the new urban decline of sun-belt cities and towns, along with the more traditional and long term decay of former manufacturing areas, the work suggests that the net effects of this "shrinking" may not be wholly negative and that new and different opportunities for community development and urban renewal are available to smaller municipalities. Using Flint, Michigan as an example of urban planning in an area of long term population decline, Hollander profiles Phoenix, Fresno and Orlando as shrinking population centers and outlines new ideas in urban planning to adapt to these conditions. The volume is intended for urban planners and policy makers and includes substantial statistical data. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In recent years there has been a growing focus on urban and environmental studies and the skills and techniques needed to address the wider challenges of how to create sustainable communities. Until the first decade of the twenty-first century, decline was assumed to be an issue only for former industrial cities a the so-called Rust Belt. But the sudden reversal in growth in the major cities of the American Sunbelt has shown that urban decline can be a much wider issue.

Hollander addresses the reasons and statistics behind these shrinking cities with a positive outlook, arguing that growth for growtha (TM)s sake is not beneficial for communities, suggesting instead that urban development could be achieved through shrinkage. Case studies on Phoenix, Flint, Orlando and Fresno support the argument and Hollander delves into the numbers, literature and individual lives affected and how they have changed in response to the declining regions.

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ISBN:
9780415592123
Author:
Hollander, Justin B.
Publisher:
Routledge
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Synopsis" by , In recent years there has been a growing focus on urban and environmental studies and the skills and techniques needed to address the wider challenges of how to create sustainable communities. Until the first decade of the twenty-first century, decline was assumed to be an issue only for former industrial cities a the so-called Rust Belt. But the sudden reversal in growth in the major cities of the American Sunbelt has shown that urban decline can be a much wider issue.

Hollander addresses the reasons and statistics behind these shrinking cities with a positive outlook, arguing that growth for growtha (TM)s sake is not beneficial for communities, suggesting instead that urban development could be achieved through shrinkage. Case studies on Phoenix, Flint, Orlando and Fresno support the argument and Hollander delves into the numbers, literature and individual lives affected and how they have changed in response to the declining regions.

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