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Shrinking Cities and First Suburbs

The Case of Detroit and Warren, Michigan


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Anirban Adhya
    Pages 11-17
  3. Anirban Adhya
    Pages 19-27
  4. Anirban Adhya
    Pages 29-36
  5. Anirban Adhya
    Pages 51-63
  6. Anirban Adhya
    Pages 65-80
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 81-90

About this book


This book examines Warren, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, as a shrinking city facing a crisis of economic downturn, automotive restructuring, high unemployment, and real estate foreclosures. The author explores Warren’s attempt to develop planning strategies, culturally-based initiatives, community design projects, and creative partnerships in the region in order to address the challenges of shrinkage and foreclosures at multiple scales. Global urban development is currently characterized by varied combination of metropolitan growth and urban core shrinkage. While much of the shrinkage is concentrated in central cities, first suburbs are now facing the same problem. The Warren case illustrates opportunities for flexible policies combining rightsizing, shared maintenance, and incremental development in struggling first suburban communities, which are less studied and often ignored. 


Urban Studies Urban Design Urban Planning Urban Shrinkage Shrinking City Foreclosures First Suburb Detroit

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Architecture and DesignLawrence Technological UniversitySouthfieldUSA

About the authors

Anirban Adhya is Associate Professor at the College of Architecture and Design, Lawrence Technological University, USA. 

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