Confronting Suburban Decline: Strategic Planning for Metropolitan Renewal / Edition 1

Confronting Suburban Decline: Strategic Planning for Metropolitan Renewal / Edition 1

by William Lucy, David Phillips
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559637706

ISBN-13: 9781559637701

Pub. Date: 03/28/2000

Publisher: Island Press

<p>Sprawling commercial and residential development in outer suburbs and exurban areas has for a number of years masked increasingly severe socioeconomic problems in suburban America. In recent decades, income declines, crime increases, and tax base erosion have affected many suburbs to an extent previously seen only in central cities.<p>In Confronting Suburban…  See more details below

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<p>Sprawling commercial and residential development in outer suburbs and exurban areas has for a number of years masked increasingly severe socioeconomic problems in suburban America. In recent decades, income declines, crime increases, and tax base erosion have affected many suburbs to an extent previously seen only in central cities.<p>In Confronting Suburban Decline, William H. Lucy and David L. Phillips examine conditions and trends in cities and suburbs since 1960, arguing that beginning in the 1980s, the United States entered a "post-suburban" era of declining suburbs with maturation of communities accompanied by large-scale deterioration. The authors examine:<ul> <li>why suburban decline has become widespread <li>how the "tyranny of easy development decisions" often results in new housing being built outside of areas that people prefer <li>how strategic planning can help assess dangers <li>how some suburbs have stabilized or revived <li>how interactions between residential mobility and the age, size, and location of housing can help policy makers anticipate dangers and opportunities facing neighborhoods and jurisdictions</ul> Making the case that a high quality natural and built environment is key to achieving economic stability, the authors set forth a series of policy recommendations with federal, state, regional, and local dimensions that can help contribute to that goal.<p>In-depth case studies are provided of Richmond, Virginia and Washington, D.C., along with examples from Minnesota, Oregon, Maryland, Tennessee, and other locations. In addition, the book offers information and statistics on income, population, and racial transitions in 554 suburbs in the nation's twenty-four largest metropolitan areas.<p>Confronting Suburban Decline provides a detailed look at the causes of and responses to urban and suburban decline. Planners and policymakers as well as students and researchers involved with issues of land use, economic development, regional planning, community development, or intergovernmental relations will find it a valuable resource.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559637701
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Edition description:
1
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Maps
Preface
Ch. 1Strategic Planning and the Postsuburban Era1
Ch. 2Sprawl and the Tyranny of Easy Development Decisions21
Ch. 3Strategic Planning: Assessing Dangers in a Postsuburban Era43
Ch. 4The Postsuburban Era Comes to Richmond73
Ch. 5Planning Strategies and Market Results for Old Suburbs: The Washington, D.C. Region91
Ch. 6Why Cities Succeed in Some of the 50 States115
Ch. 7Patterns of Suburban Decline163
Ch. 8Housing and Neighborhood Decline: Struggles of Middle Age197
Ch. 9Regional Governance of the New Metropolitan Mosaic245
Ch. 10Policies and Plans to Reduce Sprawl, Increase Reinvestment, and Limit Disparities275
References291
Index307
About the Authors321

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