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

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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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"The authors provide compelling evidence of growing disparities within suburban regions as older suburbs face 'urban' problems."
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This book examines the decline of the once prosperous suburbs. At the same time, Lucy and Phillips (urban and environmental planning, U. of Virginia) offer solutions to this decline, including keys to successful cities (walkable neighborhoods and transportation alternatives), and policy recommendations, such as compact regional development with growth boundaries and conservation easements, and maintaining a high level of educational effectiveness in the low- income neighborhoods. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559637701
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 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. 1 Strategic Planning and the Postsuburban Era 1
Ch. 2 Sprawl and the Tyranny of Easy Development Decisions 21
Ch. 3 Strategic Planning: Assessing Dangers in a Postsuburban Era 43
Ch. 4 The Postsuburban Era Comes to Richmond 73
Ch. 5 Planning Strategies and Market Results for Old Suburbs: The Washington, D.C. Region 91
Ch. 6 Why Cities Succeed in Some of the 50 States 115
Ch. 7 Patterns of Suburban Decline 163
Ch. 8 Housing and Neighborhood Decline: Struggles of Middle Age 197
Ch. 9 Regional Governance of the New Metropolitan Mosaic 245
Ch. 10 Policies and Plans to Reduce Sprawl, Increase Reinvestment, and Limit Disparities 275
References 291
Index 307
About the Authors 321
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