Rust Belt Cities

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — I confess that my most intimate understanding of the city of Detroit comes from the Eminem biopic 8 Mile and the novels of Jeffrey Eugenides. Blog Post
Apr 29, 2015   By Josh Stephens
In this long-form article, G.M. Donley reminds us why walkable and diverse communities have become such a planning staple. In Cleveland, New Urbanism contends with a history of sprawl and decreasing population.
Apr 27, 2015   Belt Magazine
Author Catherine Tumbler writes on how this Rust Belt city on Lake Erie is attempting to capitalize on its past, reverse its mistakes, and build a greener economy.
Mar 27, 2015   The Baffler
Journalist's Resource provides a one-stop shop for research on the subject of policies to regenerate urban areas once in decline.
Feb 4, 2015   Journalist's Resource
A recent post identifies a sweet spot in the urban market: affordable cities like Cincinnati and others in the Rust Belt that provide an attractive alternative to more expensive, if more famous, cities on the coasts.
Nov 1, 2014   New Geography
Youngstown had been one of those Rust Belt, "shrinking" cities long noted in Planetizen, but thanks in part to fracking and its location on the Utica shale formation, manufacturing has returned and unemployment has dropped by half since 2010.
Sep 9, 2014   The New York Times - Business Day
Joel Kotkin picks up on the findings of a study released in March from Cleveland State University about the city's net increase in young, well-educated population and recommends a regional approach to ensuring that the growth sticks.
Jun 6, 2014   Forbes
Although Milwaukee had been insulated from population loss compared to many other legacy cities, the Great Recession has required the city to launch an $11.6 million blight reduction program.
Apr 25, 2014   Next City
The populations of at least a dozen major cities declined by more than ten percent between 2000 and 2010, including Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Detroit. How best to regenerate those “legacy cities” is a matter of no small amount of debate.
Feb 22, 2014   Cato @ Liberty
While London struggles with "supergentrification" and rising home prices, England's rust belt cities suffer from long-term decline and the withdraw of public spending. How can these places find their post-industrial footing?
Oct 14, 2013   The Economist
Community resistance stopped plans for widening Hamburg, New York's Main Street. By embracing calmer streets, the town is flourishing and once again enjoying comparisons to the idyllic Bedford Falls of 'It's a Wonderful Life.'
Aug 20, 2013   The New York Times