Ageing in Shrinking Cities
Thu 22nd Nov 2018
The relationship between prosperity, quality of life and population change in US cities
For many, a shrinking city is a failing city. In the modern political economy, growth is perceived as ideal and population loss stigmatized. In response, a growing number of academics and practitioners have argued that a shift in perception is needed – shrinking cities need to be seen for their opportunity, not for their challenges. This perspective is built around one key underlying assumption: that it is possible for a place to lose population and still prosper and offer a high quality of life to its residents. The majority of the shrinking cities scholarship has concentrated exclusively on instances of severe population loss and economic decline. But are the two synonymous? Based upon the indicators used in the United Nations’ City Prosperity Initiative, this study explores the economy, health, education, safety, and equity of shrinking U.S. cities and their suburbs.
Maxwell Hartt is a Lecturer in Spatial Planning in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University, and a Management Board member of the Shrinking Cities International Research Network. His research focuses on the intersection of urban planning and demographic change, specifically ageing and shrinking cities.
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