Following decades of neglect and decline, many US cities have undergone a dramatic renaissance. From New York to Nashville and Pittsburgh to Portland governments have implemented innovative redevelopment strategies to adapt to a globally integrated, post-industrial economy and cope with declining industries, tax bases, and populations. However, despite the prominence of new amenities in revitalized neighborhoods, spectacular architectural icons, and pedestrian friendly entertainment districts, the urban comeback has been highly uneven. Even thriving cities are defined by a bifurcated population of creative class professionals and a low-wage, low-skilled workforce. Many are home to diverse and thriving immigrant communities, but also contain economically and socially segregated neighborhoods. They have transformed high-profile central city brownfields, but many disadvantaged neighborhoods continue to grapple with abandoned and environmentally contaminated sites. As urban cores boom, inner-ring suburban areas increasingly face mounting problems, while other shrinking cities continue to wrestle with long-term decline. The Great Recession brought additional challenges to planning and development professionals and community organizations alike as they work to maintain successes and respond to new problems. It is crucial that students of urban revitalization recognize these challenges, their impacts on different populations, and the implications for crafting effective and equitable revitalization policy. Urban Revitalization: Remaking Cities in a Changing World will be a guide in this learning process.

This textbook will be the first to comprehensively and critically synthesize the successful approaches and pressing challenges involved in urban revitalization. The book is divided into five sections. In the introductory section, we set the stage by providing a conceptual framework to understand urban revitalization that links a political economy perspective with an appreciation of socio-cultural factors in explaining urban change. Stemming from this, we will explain the significance of revitalization and present a summary of the key debates, issues and conflicts surrounding revitalization efforts. Section II will examine the historical causes for decline in central city and inner-ring suburban areas and shrinking cities and, building from the conceptual framework, discuss theory useful to explain the factors that shape contemporary revitalization initiatives and outcomes. Section III will introduce students to the analytical techniques and key data sources for urban revitalization planning. Section IV will provide an in-depth, criticaldiscussion of contemporary urban revitalization policies, strategies, and projects. This section will offer a rich set of case studies that contextualize key themes and strategic areas across a range of contexts including the urban core, central city neighborhoods, suburban areas, and shrinking cities. Lastly, Section V concludes by reflecting on the current state of urban revitalization planning and the emerging challenges the field must face in the future.

Urban Revitalization will integrate academic and policy research with professional knowledge and techniques. Its key strength will be the combination of a critical examination of best practices and innovative approaches with an overview of the methods used to understand local situations and urban revitalization processes. A unique feature will be chapter-specific case studies of contemporary urban revitalization projects and questions geared toward generatingclassroom discussion around key issues. The book will be written in an accessible style and thoughtfully organized to provide graduate and upper-level undergraduate students with a comprehensive resource that will also serve as a reference guide for professionals

chapter I|27 pages

Changing Regions, Local Lives

Urban Revitalization in Context

chapter 1|11 pages


Definitions, concepts, and geographies

chapter II|46 pages

Local Change in a Global Economy

The History and Theory of Urban Revitalization

chapter 3|13 pages

Urban revitalization in historical perspective

Federal urban policy, 1940s–1970s

chapter 5|13 pages

Urban politics and development

chapter III|111 pages

Strategies, Policies, and Projects

The Spaces of Revitalization

chapter 6|19 pages

Reinventing downtown and the urban core

chapter 7|18 pages

Revitalizing neighborhoods with affordability and opportunity

Housing policies and other routes to neighborhood change

chapter 8|18 pages

Reconfiguring the suburbs

Strategies for commercial revitalization and rebuilding sprawl

chapter 9|20 pages

Re-envisioning shrinking cities

chapter 10|17 pages

Cleaner and greener urban environments

chapter 11|17 pages

Rebuilding people-oriented places

chapter IV|44 pages

Urban Revitalization Methods

Data, Techniques, and Relationships

chapter 12|16 pages

Data sources and community assessment tools

chapter 13|12 pages

Field methods

chapter 14|14 pages

Public participation

chapter V|8 pages

Looking Forward