The Decline of Inner Suburbs: The New Suburban Gothic in the United States

Short, J.R., Hanlon, B.F., & Vicino, T.J. (2007). "The Decline of Inner Suburbs: The New Suburban Gothic in the United States," Geography Compass, Vol. 1(3): 641-656

16 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2012 Last revised: 22 Feb 2016

Date Written: May 1, 2007

Abstract

In this article, we critically examine transformation and decline in US suburbs. We identify four distinct, chronological phases of development: suburban utopias, suburban conformity, suburban diversity, and suburban dichotomy. An element of this new suburban dichotomy is what we term suburban gothic. We theorize that the forces of an aging housing stock, land-use planning, and deindustrialization contribute to the divergent realities of US suburbs.

Keywords: suburbs, sprawl, decline, suburban, metropolitan, deindustrialization, land use, planning

JEL Classification: J10, J11, J18, O20, R10

Suggested Citation

Vicino, Thomas J., The Decline of Inner Suburbs: The New Suburban Gothic in the United States (May 1, 2007). Short, J.R., Hanlon, B.F., & Vicino, T.J. (2007). "The Decline of Inner Suburbs: The New Suburban Gothic in the United States," Geography Compass, Vol. 1(3): 641-656. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2182856

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