Please see invitation below from the ISU Community and Regional Planning
'Smart shrinkage' expert to speak on challenges of declining cities
March 28 at ISU
Jane Rongerude, Community & Regional Planning, (515) 294-5289,
jrong (AT) iastate (DOT) edu
Heather Sauer, College of Design communications, (515) 294-9289,
hsauer (AT) iastate (DOT) edu
AMES, Iowa - Justin B. Hollander, assistant professor of urban and
environmental policy and planning at Tufts University, will discuss how
urban development can be achieved in shrinking cities in a presentation
March 28 at the Iowa State University College of Design.
His lecture, "From Boom to Bust: How Smart Shrinkage Can Help Formerly
Growing Places Manage Decline," will be at 3 p.m. in Room 130 of the
Design building. The presentation is free and open to the public.
In recent years there has been a growing focus on addressing the
challenges of shrinking cities. While the response to depopulation has
almost always been to pursue growth policies to try to reverse that
decline, the track record of such policies has been mixed at best.
Hollander will present his research into the formerly booming cities of
the Sunbelt and how they might learn some of the hard lessons of the
Rustbelt about what shrinkage means.
Hollander will argue that growth for growth's sake is not beneficial for
communities, suggesting instead that urban development could be achieved
through shrinkage. He will offer case studies on Phoenix, Ariz.; Flint,
Mich.; Orlando, Fla., and Fresno, Calif., to support the argument.
In addition to his faculty position at Tufts University, Hollander is a
research scientist at the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark
University. From 2000 to 2006 he was a community planner for the U.S.
General Services Administration's Public Buildings Service. He is the
author of over 50 publications, including three books and more than 20
journal articles. His most recent book is Sunburnt Cities: The Great
Recession, Depopulation, and Urban Planning in the American Sunbelt
Hollander's visit is sponsored by the ISU Community and Regional
Also, if anyone is interested in joining him and some faculty for lunch
on that day, please contact Assistant Professor Jane Rongerude (
jrong (AT) iastate (DOT) edu):
Douglas M. Johnston, PhD
Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture
Professor and Interim Director,
Department of Community and Regional Planning
Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs
College of Design
Iowa State University