Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Downtown Renaissance Extends Its Reach

For many inner cities in the United States, the ten years that opened the third millennium were not easy. In the face of declining employment and ever-increasing suburban sprawl, the populations of many of the nation’s largest cities — especially in the Midwest — declined. According to the U.S. government, which has begun to release data from the 2010 Census, the troubles for a number of municipalities that have not successfully transitioned from industrial-age employment paradigms to information age ones continue to mount.
On the face of it, the statistics are gloomy for this representative group of cities:
  • Baltimore lost 4.6% of its population since 2000
  • Chicago: -6.9%
  • Cincinnati: -10.4%
  • Cleveland: -17.1%
  • Pittsburgh: -8.6%
  • St. Louis: -8.3%
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Downtown Baltimore, photo by sharkycharming
Downtown Cleveland, by Cecilia Sherrard -
Downtown Cleveland, by ifmuth
more about urban revitalization in the US:

What Role Should Stadiums Play in Urban Revitalization?

End of the Road for Eastside Urban Renewal?

Gentrification and Resistance in New York City

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