This practical work demonstrates that controlling urban growth and reviving central city economies are not mutually exclusive endeavors. Rather than re-hash theories of urban development, the contributors describe and evaluate successful community-tested approaches to sustaining our cities. Revitalizing the City provides actual case examples of urban success stories - ranging from San Diego's "smart growth" initiative to brownfield redevelopment in Pittsburgh. The book is divided into four major sections - Urban Growth; Metropolitan Development and Administration; Central City Redevelopment Strategies; and Central City-Suburban Cooperation. Each chapter includes an analysis of key issues, descriptions of specific local initiatives, highlights of effective policies or programs, and potential pitfalls to avoid. Revitalizing the City has broad appeal for the urban policy community as well as for undergraduate and graduate courses in urban sociology, geography, political science, and urban studies and planning.
Part 1. Urban Growth; 1. A Perspective on Suburban Expansion and Metropolitan Development, Krishna M. Akundi; 2. Is There a Need to Contain Growth? Elise Bright; 3. The Challenges of Smart Growth: The San Diego Case, Nico Calavita, Roger Caves, and Kathleen Ferrier; Part 2. Metropolitan Administration; 4. The Role of County Governments in Metropolitan Administration: A Study of the St. Louis MSA, Mark Tranel; 5. Regional Governance and Sustainability: The Case of Vancouver, Alan Artibise and John Meligrana; 6. The Effect of Regional Smart Growth on Metropolitan Growth and Construction: A Preliminary Assessment, Arthur C. Nelson and Raymond J. Burby; Part 3. Central City Redevelopment; 7. Impacts of Building Code Enforcement on the Housing Industry, Raymond J. Burby; 8. Citizen Reaction to Brownfield Redevelopment, Sabina Dietrick and Stephen Farber; 9. Payments in Lieu of Taxes: A Revenue Generating Strategy for Central Cities, Pam Leland; Part 4. Central City-Suburb Connection; 10. Central City and Suburban Policy Choices, Victoria Basolo; 11. Mixed-Income Housing, Alex Schwartz; 12. Cyber-Cities, Jill Gross; Part 5. Conclusion; 13. Conclusion: Opportunities and Challenges for Containing Sprawl and Revitalizing the Core, Alan Artibise