Tag Archives: Rust Belt

Year in Review 2016: Cleveland Dumped Rust Belt Narrative by Design

Architects, planners, builders and elected officials have toiled for decades to produce Cleveland’s striking physical renewal. This year, the world took notice. Here’s a look back on 10 of the top stories in architecture and planning from the year that changed how the world sees Cleveland. Read more... Read more

Do Parts of the Rust Belt ‘Need to Die Off’?

For most mid-sized post-industrial cities in the Midwest, the chance of growing within the next 20 years is slim, says Galen Newman, an assistant professor of landscape architecture and urban planning at Texas A&M. He and a colleague, Justin Hollander of Tufts University, are doing some of the only research on “smart decline”—a term that refers to the ways in which cities can plan around population loss and find ways to manage it (and maybe grow again one day). Read... Read more

How Rust Belt Cities are Boosting Sustainability

The big question for Gary, Indiana, and dozens of other shrinking cities across the Rust Belt — which collectively have lost more than a third of their population since the middle of the 20th century — is how to use their situation to their advantage. The answer that is beginning to emerge is urban greening on a large scale. The idea is to turn scrubby, trash-strewn vacant lots into vegetable gardens, tree farms, stormwater management parks and pocket prairies that... Read more

Hard-Pressed Rust Belt Cities Go Green to Aid Urban Revival

​ Gary, Indiana, is joining Detroit and other fading U.S. industrial centers in an effort to turn abandoned neighborhoods and factory sites into gardens, parks, and forests. In addition to the environmental benefits, these greening initiatives may help catalyze an economic recovery. Read more... Read more

Reinvention in the Rust Belt

Industrial cities must reinvent themselves to survive. Suggestions from Bruce Katz, Vice President and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, are almost a return to fundamentals: they have to use their geographical advantages (meaning, these days, tourism and logistics rather than geology) and build as much as possible on “anchor” institutions such as universities and hospitals. What they must not do is distract themselves by constructing an enormous stadium or a theme park that may turn... Read more