Chenzen Bus Stop

Chinese Cities Build Big Despite Shedding Residents

More than 900 Chinese cities are continuing to plan for growth even as their populations shrink.

March 21, 2019 - South China Morning Post

Welcome to Detroit

Detroit Still Has More to Worry From Decline Than Gentrification

For every feel-good story about urban revitalization, or more problematic tale of gentrification, the experience in much of Detroit has more to do with decline.

December 27, 2017 - Bridge

Detroit Street Art

Rust Belt Cities Shouldn't Demolish Their Way to the Future

In a piece for CityLab, Richey Pipparinen argues that trigger-happy city officials need to slow down their push to demolish homes.

March 9, 2017 - CityLab

Downtown Cleveland

Watch the Documentary 'Cleveland: Confronting Decline in an American City'

In May, the documentary film "Cleveland: Confronting Decline in an American City" was made available in full on YouTube.

June 4, 2016 - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

The old and the new

Is Mismanagement the Cause of Legacy Cities' Decline?

One common argument against attempts to control sprawl near declining cities is that the problem is the fault of mismanaged city government.

December 29, 2014 - Michael Lewyn

Cleveland Caught Between Dreams of Revival and Reality of its Woes

Are the grand plans for reviving Cleveland put forth by city leaders - and hyped by the architecture critic at the city's main newspaper - fantasies masking the city's elemental problems or goals worth pursuing?

October 30, 2013 - Cleveland Magazine

Want to Avoid Detroit's Fate? Diversify Your Economy

"Nearly all the rich world’s industrial cities fell on hard times between 1950 and 1980," says The Economist. Why did some recover while others failed? A new paper argues that skilled workers and a diverse economy are key to overcoming adversity.

August 16, 2013 - The Economist

Borscht Belt Meets Rust Belt

The "Borscht Belt", a once-thriving vacation getaway in upstate New York, has entered a serious decline. Legalizing gambling in the region is being discussed as a cure-all to revitalize the Catskills, but Citiography thinks its too late.

September 1, 2011 - Citiography

Youthful, Creative Detroit Crawls Out of Shadow of Decline

Young creative people are moving to Detroit, launching new businesses and civic ventures that are creating a new identity for a city plagued by associations with decline.

July 7, 2011 - The New York Times

The Right Interventions to Restore Confidence in Weak Markets

Housing affordability is too often seen as the way to stabilize and revitalize weak markets. Neighborhood planning consultants Charles Buki and Elizabeth Humphrey Schilling argue that interventions in weak markets must encourage investment by improving market confidence.

February 4, 2010 - Charles Buki

Notes on Structural Change: Redefining the Problem of Weak Markets

The foreclosure crisis spreading across America has burdened cities and neighborhoods with value-draining vacancies and abandoned properties. To counteract the economic havoc they've caused, planners and policymakers must focus on restoring confidence in the market, according to neighborhood planning consultants Charles Buki and Elizabeth Humphrey Schilling.

January 28, 2010 - Charles Buki

Driving Less and Flying Less, Too

Figures from the U.S. Department of Transportation show that the number of nationwide air passengers has declined from the previous year.

June 14, 2009 -

Learning from my suburb

For nearly all of my adult life, I have lived in small towns or urban neighborhoods. But for the past two years, I have lived in sprawl. When I moved to Jacksonville two years ago, I moved to Mandarin, a basically suburban neighborhood about nine miles from downtown. As I looked for apartments in 2006, I noticed that in many ways, Mandarin is typical sprawl: our major commercial street (San Jose Boulevard) is as many as eight lanes in some places, and even most apartments are separated from San Jose’s commerce. [See for my photos of Mandarin and other Jacksonville neighborhoods.] I thought Mandarin would be a typical suburb: homogenously white and upper-middle class.

June 11, 2008 - Michael Lewyn

Youngstown Plans For A Smaller Future

After years of decline, Youngstown Ohio has an aggressive plan to bulldoze abandoned properties and pare back on services and infrastructure.

April 15, 2008 - CNN Money

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