Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
Ok, as a surprise bonus, here is some new content. My latest post is up over at New Geography and it is called “Shrinking the Rust Belt“. In it I lay out a concept plan around a federally assisted managed shrinkage program based around:
- Relocation Assistance
- Shrinking the Urban Footprint
- Financial Restructuring
- Development Restrictions
While the focus of this article is on shrinking metros like Detroit and Cleveland, even growing metros like Indianapolis and Columbus face problems. Theirs is a bit different, however. They’ve got strong metro growth paired with significant core declines. This creates a similar dynamic whereby large areas of the urban core are depressed and significantly depopulated from peak, without the prospect of re-population any time soon. Because of the overall regional growth, it’s a different problem from a Detroit or Cleveland, and I’m still analyzing it.
You might also find this AIA Michigan roundtable discussion on shrinkage in Detroit of interest (hat tip Nick Helmholdt):
In Part I, you’ll notice one of them talking about a polycentric network which is similar to the “100 Monument Circles” plan I’ve touted for Indy.
Lengthy, but perhaps interesting to some of you.