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Tomorrow's Cities, Tomorrow's Suburbs [Paperback]

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While cities ruled the first half of the twentieth century, the second half belonged to the suburbs. Tomorrow's Cities, Tomorrow's Suburbs answers the question of which will dominate inthe twenty-first century.

William H. Lucy and David L. Phillips assess the contemporary struggle between urban hubs and suburban outposts, documenting the signs of resurgence in cities and the omens of suburban decline. Using clues about the life cycles of cities and suburbs, from changing income rates to perceptions of crime, Tomorrow's Cities, Tomorrow's Suburbs punctures myths about the relative health of cities and suburbs; offers insights into the influence of housing, racial segregation, immigration, and poverty on population changes in cities and suburbs; and examines popular perceptions---and misperceptions---about cities and suburbs that similarly affect settlement patterns.

Suggesting that urban decline can be halted and even reversed, Tomorrow's Cities, Tomorrow's Suburbs offers practical suggestions for local planners, officials, and citizens as they work to create an environment in which both cities and suburbs thrive.

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Pages   354
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 7.25" Height: 10"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   American Planning Association
ISBN  1932364145  
ISBN13  9781932364149  

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exciting for numbers junkies  Oct 14, 2007
This book covers quite a few issues, including:

*The (partial) revival of cities. By and large, most cities continued to fall further behind their suburbs in the 1990s. But there were a few exceptions to this rule, more than in earlier decades. And more recent Census data suggests that some cities actually began to do better than their suburbs (as measured by income growth) during the early 2000s.

*The (partial) decline of American suburbia. Lucy and Phillips point out that whether one measures decline by population or by income, quite a few American suburbs now lag behind nearby cities. Among the suburbs of 11 population-losing major cities, 14% lost population at a faster rate than their host city. And even among suburbs of growing cities, 15% lost population. Similarly, most major cities have at least a few suburbs with 60% or less of metropolitan per capita income (the ratio between the city of Detroit and its region).

*Which suburbs did poorly, and which did well? By and large, the oldest suburbs (built pre-1940) and the newest (built after 1990) did well. In six regions profiled, about half of pre-1940 and post-1990 suburban census tracts experienced income gains greater than those of the region as a whole. By contrast, only about 20% of suburban census tracts with disproportionate amounts of 1960s housing experienced such income gains. Among central city neighborhoods, the results were similar: the oldest and newest city census tracts did well, and middle-aged neighborhoods didn't. Lucy and Phillips suggest that the oldest neighborhoods benefit from walkability and the newest from new, larger houses- while 1960s neighborhoods are unwalkable and dominated by small houses, combining the worst of urban life and suburban sprawl.

*Lucy and Phillips suggest that contrary to popular myth, cities are safer than outer suburbs. They reach this conclusion by combining traffic deaths and homicides by strangers. For example, Cleveland had 0.3 homicides by strangers per 10,000 residents and 0.8 traffic deaths, for a total "death by stranger" rate of 1.1 per 10,000. By contrast, exurban Geauga County had no murders but 1.5 traffic deaths per 10,000, for a "death by stranger" rate of 1.5 per 10,000; because exurbanites drive more, they die more. Here, Lucy and Phillips overstate their case, because many unsolved homicides may have in fact been committed by strangers, and many traffic accidents are the fault of the victim's own recklessness. If all homicides are combined with traffic deaths, cities generally appear more dangerous than most suburbs- but inner suburbs are still (as under Lucy's analysis) safer than either. For example, Cuyahoga County outside Cleveland has a "traffic fatality plus homicide" rate of only 0.6 per 10,000 - far lower than either the city or most of the region's other cities. Results are similar for other metro areas.
can the core of cities revitalise?  Sep 24, 2006
The authors describe the trends in the 20th century that at first favoured the city, and then, after World War 2, favoured the surrounding suburbs. In the US, this led in some regions to a decayed inner city, abut against a prosperous business district, while the suburbs boomed.

The book has a strong statistical bent. Numerous tables that document such things as relative per capita income of suburbs. These are used to buttress observations in the text. Plus, the book also speculates on future trends. Like perhaps a re-favouring of the inner city urban regions? Or of old suburbs. In part motivated by a relative cheapness of housing in those areas, compared to well-to-do suburbs that might have priced themselves out of affordability for much of the workforce.
PLANNING   Aug 24, 2006
Haven't read it yet, part of a required planning course. Looks uptodate and very interesting.

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