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Sunburnt Cities: The Great Recession, Depopulation and Urban Planning in the American Sunbelt Paperback – February 27, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0415592123 ISBN-10: 0415592127 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (February 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415592127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415592123
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,843,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sunburnt Cities is an excellent book for urban planning students, faculty, and practitioners interested in shrinking cities of all kinds. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels." - B. Hanlon, Ohio State University, CHOICE

"[Justin Hollander] favors an idea called "smart decline" or "smart shrinkage" which boils down to a version of the old lemons/lemonade wisdom: If your city stops growing, can you do something positive with that? Can you manage shrinkage the way you once hoped to manage growth?" – Scott Dickensheets, Las Vegas Sun, USA

"[Hollander] at Tufts is a rising star in planning research" – Lisa Schweitzer, Associate Professor of  Urban Planning, University of Southern California, USA

"This is a useful analysis that will be a welcomed addition to the urban planning literature" – Prof Emily Talen, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, USA

"Hollander takes on the dominant paradigm of cities attempting to grow out of decline and challenges the common assertion that Sunbelt cities will quickly bounce back from the foreclosure crisis. He combines solid scholarship with engaging narrative to make Sunburnt Cities a must read for planners, policymakers, scholars and anyone interested in the future of these boom-and-bust places." – Dan Immergluck, Associate Professor, School of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

"Sunburnt Cities is a call to action for planners and policymakers to change course from "growth at all costs" to a development model that is green and economically sustainable.  Hollander once again establishes intriguing connections that few have made as he eloquently describes how communities in the Sun and Rust Belt can learn from each other in addressing declining populations and increasing property vacancy.  A must read for practitioners, policymakers, and researchers throughout all regions."– J.M. Schilling, Associate Director, Metropolitan Institute, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA

"…you will be captivated by [Hollander’s] vivid descriptions of life in America’s depopulated neighborhoods." – Urban Land Institute

"...I have learned a great deal from this book, in particular from the descriptions of the four case-study cities. Furthermore, Hollander has written a very readable book with little jargon and not a word too much."  – Housing Studies

"A well-written analysis that makes technical material accessible and entertaining to read" – Journal of Planning Education and Research

About the Author

Justin B. Hollander is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University and a Research Scientist at the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University.

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By Pam on March 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is a very accessible and interesting book about how population loss affects neighborhoods and communities. I really learned a lot and would recommend it to anyone working in a shrinking city.
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I'm quite interested in urban studies and failed cities but this didn't capture my attention. Unfortunately, it's not coherent and doesn't melt together to be easily readable. I wanted to hear more from the planners and residents, but the statistics took center stage. Stats are there to support a point and I believe would be better off as an addendum.
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