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In Economic Revitalization: Cases and Strategies for City and Suburb Fitzgerald and Leigh answer the need for a text that incorporates social justice and sustainability into how we think about and practice economic development. It is one of the first to talk about how revitalization strategies are implemented in both cities and suburbs, particularly inner-ring suburbs that are experiencing decline previously associated only with inner-city neighborhoods. After setting the context with a brief history of economic development practice and its shortcomings, Fitzgerald and Leigh focus on six economic development strategies: sectoral strategies, Brownfield redevelopment, industrial retention, commercial revitalization, industrial and office property reuse, and workforce development.
"Fitzgerald and Leigh have done a commendable job of providing not only the theoretical and historical dimensions of these issues, but also support them with examples and case studies that easily convince the reader that social equity and sustainability need not be sacrificed altogether in order to promote local economic development, even though small trade-offs may be necessary. "
1. Redefining the Field of Local Economic Development
2. Sectoral Development Strategies for New and Old Industries
3. Brownfield Redevelopment for Equitable Community Revitalization
4. Industrial Retention: Multiple Strategies for Keeping Manufacturing Strong
5. Commercial Revitalization in Central Cities and Older Suburbs
6. The Reuse of Office and Industrial Property for Sustainable Urban Development
7. Job Centered Economic Development: Linking Workforce and Local Economic Development
8. Conclusion: Strategies and Progress for Local Economic Development
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