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Moving Toward a Shrinking Cities Metric: Analyzing Land Use Changes Associated with Depopulation in Flint, Michigan


Justin B. Hollander


Tufts University - School of Arts and Sciences

April 2010

Cityscape, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2010

Abstract:     
Cities around the globe have experienced depopulation or population shrinkage at an acute level in the last half century. Conventional community development and planning responses have looked to reverse the process of depopulation almost universally, with little attention paid to how neighborhoods physically change when they lose population. This article presents an approach to study the physical changes of depopulating neighborhoods in a novel way. The approach considers how population decline creates different physical impacts (more or less housing abandonment, for example) across different neighborhoods. Data presented from a detailed case study of Flint, Michigan, illustrate that population decline can be more painful in some neighborhoods than in others, suggesting that this article’s proposed approach may be useful in implementing smart decline.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 20

Keywords: Periodicals, Cityscape, Housing Abandonment, HUD

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Date posted: April 7, 2010  

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Hollander, Justin B., Moving Toward a Shrinking Cities Metric: Analyzing Land Use Changes Associated with Depopulation in Flint, Michigan (April 2010). Cityscape, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1585405 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1585405

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Justin B. Hollander (Contact Author)
Tufts University - School of Arts and Sciences ( email )
Medford, MA
United States
617-627-3394 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.tufts.edu/~jholla03/
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