From Megaprojects to Strategic Incrementalism: New Perspectives on the Regeneration of America’s Leg

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After decades of decline, America’s older industrial cities like St. Louis or Pittsburgh are showing renewed life and vitality, with new economic engines, transformed downtowns and revitalized neighborhoods. Yet the revival is uneven; many neighborhoods and their residents are being left behind, while some cities, like Flint or Detroit, continue to lose ground. Using the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s Policy Focus Report Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities as a springboard, this panel will offer lessons for American cities from both the successes and failures of recent years, proposing an integrated approach to regeneration that replaces a focus on megaprojects with strategic incrementalism, links the development of new export-oriented economic sectors with the physical revitalization of the city, and is grounded in the principles of social equity and a just city, fostering broad public participation and ensuring that all segments of the city’s population benefit from redevelopment and change.
Denver, CO
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Urban Planning & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
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1. Participants will better understand the characteristics of America's legacy cities and the challenges facing their efforts for regeneration.
2. Participants will better understand current social, economic and demographic trends and dynamics affecting America's legacy cities.
3. Participants will better understand the importance of social equity in urban regeneration, and the tensions between equity and revitalization strategies.
4. Participants will better understand what works' in terms of local regeneration strategies.
Anthony Flint, Alan Mallach, Arthur Burris, Lavea Brachman
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