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Planning for Better, Smaller Places after Population Loss: Lessons from Youngstown, Ohio, and Flint, Michigan

Planning for Better, Smaller Places after Population Loss: Lessons from Youngstown, Ohio, and Flint, Michigan

Urban planners traditionally focus on places where growth or redevelopment is occurring. They should have a stronger role in improving the quality of places experiencing population loss and property disinvestment. Planners working in Flint and Youngstown draw lessons from their practice to argue, for instance, that planners need to see themselves as managing change, not just growth. They need to pursue a planning proces that addresses the legacy of the past and enables residents to develop a shared vision for a smaller city.

Author: Margaret Dewar
Co-authors: Christina Kelly, Hunter Morrison
Publication: In Margaret Dewar and June Manning Thomas, eds., The City after Abandonment, pp. 289-316
Published: Januray 2012