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Cities Without Suburbs A Census 2000 Update

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ISBN-10: 1930365144

ISBN-13: 9781930365148

Edition: 3rd 2003 (Revised)

Authors: David Rusk

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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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Book details

List price: $16.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Publication date: 5/29/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 150
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Boxes
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 urban areas
Since World War II, 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 in-fill; 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 growth; inelastic cities contribute to suburban growth
Elastic cities gain population; inelastic cities lose population
When a city stops growing, it starts shrinking
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 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 Stretching Cities
Three Essential Regional Policies
Metro Government: A Definition
State Government's Crucial Role
Federal Government: Leveling the Playing Field
Conclusions
Central Cities and Metro Areas by Elasticity Category
Sources
Index
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars