Affordable Housing in US Shrinking CitiesFrom Neighborhoods of Despair to Neighborhoods of Opportunity?

Affordable Housing in US Shrinking CitiesFrom Neighborhoods of Despair to Neighborhoods of Opportunity?

Robert Mark Silverman, Kelly L. Patterson, Li Yin, Molly Ranahan, and Laiyun Wu

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9781447327585

Publisher: Policy Press

Abstract

Given the rapid urbanization of the world’s population, the converse phenomenon of shrinking cities is often overlooked and not well understood. Yet, with almost one in ten post-industrial US cities shrinking in recent years, efforts by government and anchor institutions to regenerate them is increasingly salient. Of particular concern is the growing need for affordable housing in revitalizing neighborhoods. This book examines affordable housing experiences in five of the fastest shrinking cities in the US: Detroit, New Orleans, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo. Applying quantitative and GIS analysis using data from the US Census, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and other sources the authors make recommendations for future place-based siting practices, stressing its importance of ensuring more equitable urban revitaliszation. These recommendations are particularly focused on the development of an affordable housing siting model that can be linked to anchor-based strategies for urban revitalization. The book will be a valuable resource for academic researchers and students in urban studies, housing and inequality, as well as policy makers.