Revitalizing American Cities

Revitalizing American Cities explores the historical, regional, and political factors that have allowed some small industrial cities to regain their footing in a changing economy, and considers strategies cities can use for successful rebuilding.

Revitalizing American Cities

Susan M. Wachter and Kimberly A. Zeuli, Editors

2013 | 312 pages | Cloth $69.95
Economics | Public Policy
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Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I. CITY DECLINE AND REVIVAL
Chapter 1. The Historical Vitality of Cities
—Edward Glaeser
Chapter 2. The Growth of Metropolitan Areas in the United States
—Gilles Duranton
Chapter 3. The Relationship Between City Center Density and Urban Growth or Decline
—Kyle Fee and Daniel Hartley
Chapter 4. Central Cities and Metropolitan Areas: Manufacturing and Nonmanufacturing Employment as Drivers of Growth
—Steven Cochrane, Sophia Koropeckyj, Aaron Smith, and Sean Ellis

PART II. DISCOVERING RESILIENCE
Chapter 5. Lessons from Resurgent Mid-Sized Manufacturing Cities
—Yolanda K. Kodrzycki and Ana Patricia Muñoz
Chapter 6. Revitalizing Small Cities: A Comparative Case Study of Two Southern Mill Towns
—Kimberly Zeuli
Chapter 7. Parallel Histories, Diverging Trajectories: Resilience in Small Industrial Cities
—Alan Mallach

PART III. LAND AND NEIGHBORHOOD POLICY
Chapter 8. A Market-Oriented Approach to Neighborhoods
—Paul C. Brophy
Chapter 9. Transformation Is Messy Work: The Complex Challenge of Spatial Reconfiguration in America's Legacy Cities
—Alan Mallach
Chapter 10. Tactical Options for Stable Properties
—Frank S. Alexander

PART IV. THE NEW ECONOMY AND CITIES
Chapter 11. Anchor Institutions in the Northeast Megaregion: An Important but Not Fully Realized Resource
—Eugenie L. Birch
Chapter 12. Fields, Factories, and Workshops: Green Economic Development on the Smaller-Metro Scale
—Catherine Tumber
Chapter 13. Promoting Workforce Readiness for Urban Growth
—Laura W. Perna

Afterword
—Jeremy Nowak

Notes
List of Contributors
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments