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American cities are rapidly transforming in the first decades of the 21st century. Urban redevelopment is occurring in population-rich, transit-webbed coastal cities such as Boston, San Francisco and Washington, DC, but also in slow-growth areas such as Detroit and Cleveland, where communities are witnessing pockets of rebirth. More Americans moved to urban areas in the period between 2000 and 2010 than they did in the decade prior (Lambert, 2012). This movement may seem trivial in comparison with the exponential growth of cities in China, India or South America, but it is notable because it signals a shift in how Americans are revaluing the kinds of intelligent urbanization that cities offer.1