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This book examines a rapidly emerging new topic in urban settlement patterns: the role of shrinking cities. Much coverage is given to declining fertility rates, ageing populations and economic restructuring as the factors behind shrinking cities, but there is also reference to resource depletion, the demise of single-company towns and the micro-location of environmental hazards.
The contributions show that shrinkage can occur at any scale - from neighbourhood to macro-region - and they consider whether shrinkage of metropolitan areas as a whole may be a future trend. Also addressed in this volume is the question of whether urban shrinkage policies are necessary or effective.
The book comprises four parts:
This book will be of interest to scholars and practitioners working in the fields of urban studies, economic geography and public policy.
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Harry W. Richardson is the James Irvine Chair of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Southern California, USA. Chang Woon Nam is Senior Economist at the Ifo Institute, Munich, Germany.
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