17 April 2011

Dying and Forgotten Cities in the United States

(photo of a neighborhood in Detroit found at City-Data at http://www.city-data.com/

In a recent article in Newsweek, 10 cities were listed as dying cities. The characteristics of many of these cities are similar. Go to the following link: http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/21/america-s-dying-cities.html.

MIT did a study on forgotten cities, which are generally smaller cities which have been victims of deindustrialization:

I would like to add another term, "hollow cities" which refers to the creation of the areas of abandoned and desolate urban cores surrounding by prosperous suburbs. All urban areas between 2000 and 2010 have seen decline in the central city. What is appparent that the 'dying cities" show this charateristic in an extreme way. In the case of Detroit, the dying core is surrounded by affluent suburbs. This leads to a possible scenario where Detoit will collapse internally and then be reborn by the influx of new "urban pioneers."