Cities Without Suburbs A Census 2010 Perspective

ISBN-10: 1938027043
ISBN-13: 9781938027048
Edition: 4th 2013
Authors: David Rusk
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Description: Cities without Suburbs, first published in 1993, has influenced analysis of America's cities by city planners, scholars, and citizens alike. David Rusk, the former mayor of Albuquerque, argues that America must end the isolation of the central city  More...

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List price: $19.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Publication date: 5/9/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 178
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Cities without Suburbs, first published in 1993, has influenced analysis of America's cities by city planners, scholars, and citizens alike. David Rusk, the former mayor of Albuquerque, argues that America must end the isolation of the central city from the suburbs if it is to solve its urban problems.Rusk’s analysis, extending back to 1950, covers all metropolitan areas in the United States but focuses on the 137 largest metro areas and their principal central cities. He finds that cities that were trapped within old boundaries during the age of sprawl 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.The fourth edition updates Rusk’s argument using the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey. It provides new material on the difference between population trends and household trends, the impact of Hispanic immigration, and the potential for city-county consolidation. The fourth edition also brings added emphasis to "elasticity mimics"—a variety of intergovernmental policies that can provide some of the benefits of regional consolidation efforts in situations where annexation and consolidation are impossible.

List of Boxes
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Framing the Issue
Lessons from Urban America
The Real City Is the Total Metropolitan Area-City and Suburb
Most of America's Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians Live in Metro Areas
Since World War H, Most Urban Growth Has Been Low Density, Suburban Style
For a City's Population to Grow, the City Must Be Elastic
Almost All Metro Areas Have Grown
Low-Density Cities Can Grow through Infill; High-Density Cities Cannot
Elastic Cities Expand Their City Limits; Inelastic Cities Do Not
Bad State Laws Can Hobble Cities
Neighbors Can Trap Cities
Old Cities Are Complacent; Young Cities Are Ambitious
Racial Prejudice Has Shaped Growth Patterns
Elastic Cities "Capture" Suburban Population Growth; Inelastic Cities "Contribute" to Suburban Population Growth
Elastic Cities Gain Population; Inelastic Cities Lose Population
Shrinking Household Size Understates Elastic Cities' Gains While Overstating Inelastic Cities' Losses
Inelastic Areas Are More Segregated Than Elastic Areas
Major Immigration Increases Hispanic Segregation
Highly Racially Segregated Regions Are Also Highly Economically Segregated Regions
Inelastic Cities Have Wide Income Gaps with Their Suburbs; Elastic Cities Maintain Greater City-Suburb Balance
Poverty Is More Disproportionately Concentrated in Inelastic Cities Than in Elastic Cities
Little Boxes Regions Foster Segregation; Big Box Regions Facilitate Integration
Little Boxes School Districts Foster Segregation; Big Box School Districts Facilitate Integration
Inelastic Areas Were Harder Hit by Deindustrialization of the American Labor Market
Elastic Areas Had Faster Rates of Nonfactory Job Creation Than Did Inelastic Areas
Elastic Areas Showed Greater Real Income Gains Than Inelastic Areas
Elastic Cities Have Better Bond Ratings Than Inelastic Cities
Elastic Areas Have a Higher-Educated Workforce Than Inelastic Areas
Conclusion
Characteristics of Metropolitan Areas
The Point of (Almost) No Return
Cities without Suburbs
Strategies for Sketching Cities
Three Essential Regional Policies
Metro Government: A Definition
State Government's Crucial Role
Federal Government: Leveling the Playing Field
Conclusion
Successful City-County Consolidations
Potential City-County Consolidations
Sources
Index
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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