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Cities without Suburbs: A Census 2000 Update (Woodrow Wilson Center Press) [Paperback]

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Cities without Suburbs, first published in 1993, has become an influential analysis of America's cities among city planners, scholars, and citizens alike. In it, David Rusk, the former mayor of Albuquerque, argues that America must end the isolation of the central city from its suburbs in order to attack its urban problems.

Rusk's analysis, extending back to 1950, covers 522 central cities in 320 metro areas of the United States. He finds that cities trapped within old boundaries have suffered severe racial segregation and the emergence of an urban underclass. But cities with annexation powers -- -- termed "elastic" by Rusk -- -- have shared in area-wide development.

This third edition is among the first books of any kind to employ information from the 2000 U.S. census. While refining his argument with this new data, Rusk assesses the major trends of the 1990s, including the perceived rebound of central cities, the impact of Hispanic and Asian migration, the growing similarities of older "inner-ring" suburbs to central cities, and the emerging influence of faith-based movements. New recommendations take account of growing restrictions on cities' annexation powers, even in the Southwestern United States, and of new opportunities for federal shaping of home mortgage programs and urban planning processes. Rusk's conclusion stresses cities' growing experience with building political coalitions in pursuit of development and growth.

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Pages   150
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.44"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 29, 2003
Publisher   Woodrow Wilson Center Press
ISBN  1930365144  
ISBN13  9781930365148  

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as good as the first "Cities Without Suburbs"  May 17, 2004
but better, because he includes 2000 Census data. The Census data bolsters his basic conclusion (that cities prosper if they can annex newly developing areas, but fail otherwise), and contains a variety of other interesting facts. For example, the data assembled by Rusk shows that there is some evidence of gentrification, as shown by the fact that some cities have narrowed the economic gap between city and suburb. On the other hand, such gentrification has typically been quite limited; for example, in Chicago, one of America's most improved cities, per capita city income increased from 66% of suburban income in 1990 to a still-anemic 71% of suburban income in 2000.

Rusk assembles piles of data to show how "elastic" cities (cities that can annex suburbs) differ from "inelastic" cities- typically the former grow instead of declining, are less segregated, and have better bond ratings.


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