Shrinking Cities

September 6, 2010, 7am PDT
Drake Bennett rounds up a host of new ideas for cities like Detroit and Cleveland that are forced to consider how to manage their shrinking cities.
The Boston Globe
July 18, 2010, 7am PDT
"More cities in the developed world shrank than grew in the last three decades. More than 40 of those cities were in the United States, according to City Mayors, an urban affairs think tank," writes Gordon Young.
Slate Magazine
June 21, 2010, 2pm PDT
The mayor, non-profits and a growing section of Detroit residents are getting behind the idea of making Detroit smaller by demolishing buildings and cutting off dead sections of the city.
The New York Times
May 11, 2010, 5am PDT
As Cleveland, Ohio has lost population over the last decade, a disproportionate number of those leaving town are families with children. Today, only 10% of the city's population is nuclear families.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
April 30, 2010, 10am PDT
In this video report from CNN, Detroit politicians and residents voice both opposition and support for the plan to demolish up to 3,000 abandoned homes and densify remaining housing.
CNN
Feature
April 22, 2010, 5am PDT

In a rebuttal to Roberta Brandes Gratz's argument against shrinking cities, planner Brian J.

Brian J. Connolly
Feature
April 19, 2010, 5am PDT
The theory that shrinking ailing cities is going to cure them is unproven and wrongheaded, says Roberta Brandes Gratz -- and is fueled by the same forces behind the urban renewal practices of the mid-20th century.
Roberta Brandes Gratz
April 12, 2010, 1pm PDT
After unification, many East German towns began losing jobs and population. In 2003, the government formed a group to study how these cities could best recover. The results are in.
Speigel International
April 5, 2010, 5am PDT
Justin B. Hollander at Tufts University looks at the increasing shrinkage of cities like Flint, Michigan and Youngstown, Ohio and the myriad strategies these cities are taking to shrink effectively.
Cityscape
March 19, 2010, 9am PDT
Urban planning expert Toni Griffin has been recruited to help Detroit downsize and recover -- thanks to an infusion of money from a private philanthropic foundation.
Time
March 2, 2010, 5am PST
"If we don't do it, you know this whole city is going to go down," said the Mayor. A new study by the mayor's staff shows that roughly one in three parcels are vacant lots or abandoned homes.
The Detroit News
February 15, 2010, 7am PST
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is reportedly open to the idea of downsizing the city, and is looking for other fresh ideas to help the city's economy return to a sustainable place.
The Detroit News
Feature
December 31, 2009, 10am PST

Over the course of the year, the editors of Planetizen review and post summaries of hundreds of articles, reports, books, studies, and editorials related to planning and urban development.

Nate Berg
November 8, 2009, 9am PST
This week's <em>Smart City</em> features discussions with Harvard economist Ed Glaeser about shrinking cities, and with urban design critic Randy Gragg about interactive art and urban design projects.
Smart City
Feature
July 9, 2009, 9am PDT
Bulldoze? Densify? Walk away? There are many ways cities can react to shrinking populations and abandoned neighborhoods. Planetizen readers decide which ways are the best.
Nate Berg
Feature
June 29, 2009, 10am PDT
As the recession digs in, cities across the country are left with large swaths of abandoned or vacant places. Can these cities shrink gracefully? Do they even need to? Vote on ideas submitted by the Planetizen community, or suggest your own.
Planetizen
June 23, 2009, 7am PDT
Struggling cities are increasingly looking at the idea of bulldozing vacant properties and "shrinking". But two columnists argue it might not be such a good idea.
Citiwire
April 29, 2009, 6am PDT
Population shrinkage in cities like Flint, Michigan can be the perfect opportunity to employ 'smart decline' to make such cities denser and more livable.
Crosscut
April 23, 2009, 1pm PDT
Flint, Michigan is another ailing city that is considering demolishing entire neighborhoods and returning them to nature as a way to save the rest of the city from blight.
The New York Times
December 22, 2008, 5am PST
Detroit's population is rapidly declining, but the answer to revitalizing the city may lie in part in urban farming.
The Salt Lake Tribune