Urban Decay

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

Abandoned Buildings

Revitalization Should Not Overshadow the Continued Decline in Cities

When gentrification takes center stage, neglected places facing poverty, segregation, and disinvestment are overlooked.

February 28, 2019 - City Observatory

Delray, Detroit

A Detroit Neighborhood 'Sentenced to Die'

A handful of Delray residents refuse to be displaced by industry, but the plan for a new bridge may mean they don't have a choice.

December 13, 2017 - Detroit Free Press

Shopping Carts

What is Urban Decay? (And Why the Answer Matters)

The ambiguous definition of 'urban decay' dilutes the argument for requiring this less-well-known environmental study.

June 9, 2015 - Reuben Duarte

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

Touring Buffalo's Neglected East Side

Recent investment in Buffalo, New York has been celebrated in the press and the city as a renaissance after decades of decline. But rising tides don't always lift all boats. A recent article describes a unique effort to call attention to the divide.

October 16, 2014 - The Guardian (UK)

CA Court of Appeals: Some Projects Require 'Urban Decay' Mitigation

When a new shopping center may leave existing retail areas short of business, a California court has ruled that mitigations of "urban decay" must be spelled out up front.

April 16, 2014 - California Planning & Development Report

Fetishizing Urban Decay Becomes Fashionable at NYC’s Newest Attractions

Sarah Goodyear attributes the appeal of NYC's High Line, and the recently opened Barclays Center, to not only smart urban design, but also the nostalgia of urban decay.

October 12, 2012 - The Atlantic Cities

Why Detroit Was Cursed from the Start

Detroit native Pete Saunders makes the case that poor planning put the nail in Motown's casket.

February 25, 2012 - Urbanophile

Nation Can Learn From Philadelphia's Housing Struggles

Philadelphia has struggled to deal with its large supply of derelict housing, and it serves as a lesson for lawmakers when they try to find ways to stop neighborhoods from deteriorating.

June 28, 2008 - The Wall Street Journal

Pushing for Adaptive Reuse in Detroit

Urban decay blankets much of downtown Detroit. More and more people are pushing for adaptive reuse of the aging and underused buildings, but some city policies may get in the way.

June 19, 2008 - The Next American City

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