Once the American Dream

Once the American Dream

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At one time, a move to the suburbs was the American Dream for many families. However, despite the success of Levittown, NY, impoverished a€œinner-ringa€ suburbsa€”those closest to the urban core of metropolitan citiesa€”like Lansdowne, MD, are in decline. As aging housing stock, foreclosures, severe fiscal problems, slow population growth, increasing poverty, and struggling local economies affect inner-ring suburbs, what can be done to save them? Once the American Dream analyzes this downward trend, examining 5, 000 suburbs across 100 different metropolitan areas and census regions in 1980 and 2000. Hanlon defines the suburbsa€™ geographic boundaries and provides a ranking system for assessing and acting upon inner-ring suburban decline. She also illuminates her detailed statistical analysis with vivid case studies. She demonstrates how other suburbs, particularly those in the outer reaches of cities, flourished during the 1980s and 1990s. Once the American Dream closes with a discussion of policy implications and recommendations for policymakers and planners who deal with suburbs of various stripes.He advocates city-suburban coalitions as a means of tackling socioeconomic problems within cities and suburbs. Margaret Weir, Harold Wolman, and Todd Swanstrom (2005) conducted a study, in part, to determine whether cities and suburbsanbsp;...

Title:Once the American Dream
Author:Bernadette Hanlon
Publisher:Temple University Press - 2009-11-19


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