“Urban Absorption in a Shrinking City: A close examination of depopulation, land use change, and city planning”, A Lecture by Justin Hollander, Thursday, April 11, 2013
In the face of substantial economic decline over the last eight decades, New Bedford (Massachusetts) has changed in many ways. The most astounding way is how the physical form of the city has shifted in the wake of population loss: factories have been converted to apartment buildings, vacant lots turned into gardens. How has the physical DNA of the city been recoded, who led this process, what worked and what did not? Through detailed analyses of the history, politics, environment, and planning strategies of the city, Dr. Hollander is writing a book to answer these very questions. In this presentation, he offers early findings from his research.
Justin Hollander, PhD, AICP, is an Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University and a Research Scientist at the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University. He is the author of Sunburnt Cities: The Great Recession, Depopulation and Urban Planning in the American Sunbelt (Routledge, 2011) and two other books examining the challenges of planning for post-industrial, shrinking cities.
Host: Professor Joe Schilling, Director, MI+SPIA, Virginia Tech
Facilitator: Professor Maggie Cowell, Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech
Respondents: Professors Sherry Lee Linkon and John Russo
Thursday, April 11th
6:30 to 7:30 pm (presentation); 7:30-8:30 (discussion)
Virginia Tech Research Center
900 N. Glebe Road
RSVP by 4/11/13
6:00 – 6:30 PM Q&A Session for potential Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP) graduate students
Light refreshments will be served
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Hope to see you there!