City and Regional Planning

Small Legacy Cities, Equity, and a Changing Economy

Spring 2014 Studio

In the northeastern United States, many cities feel that they are on the losing end of a stratified society, having suffered decades of job losses and out-migration with ever-declining industry.  But at the same time, citizens and leaders in these cities are doing the hard work of revitalization.  Their visions, planning, and building are starting to attract new people, activity, and investment.  What this studio set out to understand is whether revitalization- with all the public and private resources that it captures- can be a vehicle for reducing inequities for the broader community.  Furthermore, if redevelopment is failing to generate widespread benefits, how can cities adjust their strategies to improve the likelihood of equitable outcomes?