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March 21, 2019, 5am PDT
More than 900 Chinese cities are continuing to plan for growth even as their populations shrink.
South China Morning Post
December 27, 2017, 7am PST
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.
March 9, 2017, 6am PST
In a piece for CityLab, Richey Pipparinen argues that trigger-happy city officials need to slow down their push to demolish homes.
June 4, 2016, 1pm PDT
In May, the documentary film "Cleveland: Confronting Decline in an American City" was made available in full on YouTube.
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Blog post
December 29, 2014, 11am PST
One common argument against attempts to control sprawl near declining cities is that the problem is the fault of mismanaged city government.
Michael Lewyn
October 30, 2013, 8am PDT
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?
Cleveland Magazine
August 16, 2013, 5am PDT
"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.
The Economist
September 1, 2011, 1pm PDT
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.
July 7, 2011, 7am PDT
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.
The New York Times
February 4, 2010, 5am PST
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.
Charles Buki, Elizabeth Humphrey Schilling
January 28, 2010, 5am PST
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.
Charles Buki, Elizabeth Humphrey Schilling
June 14, 2009, 9am PDT
Figures from the U.S. Department of Transportation show that the number of nationwide air passengers has declined from the previous year.
Blog post
June 11, 2008, 8pm PDT

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.

Michael Lewyn
April 15, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>After years of decline, Youngstown Ohio has an aggressive plan to bulldoze abandoned properties and pare back on services and infrastructure.</p>
CNN Money