Detroit has become the veritable poster child for the emerging
movement to downsize and shrink older industrial cities. Here's the Detroit Free Press on "10 Tips for Downsizing Detroit." These five strike me as imperative:
- Stop calling it downsizing
- Never try to forcibly relocate residents
- Stop selling vacant land to speculators
- Don't expect urban farming to solve all the problems
- Use data to understand Detroit's neighborhoods
While you're at it, check out Roberta Gratz's terrific article over at Planetizen where she asks if the shrinking cities construct is really "urban renewal revisited" and this response.
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is a co-founder and editor at large of CityLab and a senior editor at The Atlantic.
He is a university professor in the University of Toronto’s School of Cities and Rotman School of Management, and a distinguished fellow at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.