Once the American Dream: Inner-Ring Suburbs of the Metropolitan United States

Once the American Dream: Inner-Ring Suburbs of the Metropolitan United States

by Bernadette Hanlon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1592139361

ISBN-13: 9781592139361

Pub. Date: 12/28/2009

Publisher: Temple University Press

At one time, a move to the suburbs was the American Dream for many families. However, despite the success of Levittown, New York, impoverished "inner-ring" suburbs-those closest to the urban core of metropolitan cities-like Lansdowne, Maryland, are in decline. As aging housing stock, foreclosures, severe fiscal problems, slow population growth, increasing poverty, and

Overview

At one time, a move to the suburbs was the American Dream for many families. However, despite the success of Levittown, New York, impoverished "inner-ring" suburbs-those closest to the urban core of metropolitan cities-like Lansdowne, Maryland, are in decline. As aging housing stock, foreclosures, severe fiscal problems, slow population growth, increasing poverty, and struggling local economies affect inner-ring suburbs, what can be done to save them?

Once the American Dream analyzes this downward trend, examining five thousand suburbs across one hundred different metropolitan areas and census regions in 1980 and 2000. Hanlon defines the suburbs' geographic boundaries and provides a ranking system for assessing and acting upon inner-ring suburban decline. She illuminates her detailed statistical analysis with vivid case studies. She also demonstrates how other suburbs, particularly those in the outer reaches of cities, flourished during the 1980s and 1990s. Once the American Dream closes with a discussion of policy implications and recommendations for policymakers and planners who deal with suburbs of various stripes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592139361
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 
List of Tables 
Acknowledgments 
1. Once the American Dream 
2. Decline Is a New Suburban Reality 
3. Defining Inner-Ring Suburbs 
4. Forces Shaping Inner-Ring Suburbs 
5. Sidestepping Inner-Ring Suburbs 
6. Declining Inner-Ring Suburbs 
7. Suburbs in Crisis 
8. Different Types of Inner-Ring Suburbs 
9. Fixing Inner-Ring suburbs 
10. Conclusion 
Appendix 
References 
Index

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