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Reshaping Metropolitan America

Development Trends and Opportunities to 2030

Nelson, Arhur C.

2013, XIV, 154 p.


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  • This work focuses on how demographic economic forces along with shifts in housing preference will reshape America’s metropolitan areas for the rest of this century
  • Dr. Nelson’s writings have won national awards and international distinction
  • For the past thirty years, Dr. Nelson has conducted pioneering research in public facility finance, economic development, and metropolitan development patterns

Nearly half the buildings that will be standing in 2030 do not exist today. That means we have a tremendous opportunity to reinvent our urban areas, making them more sustainable and livable for future generations. But for this vision to become reality, the planning community needs reliable data about emerging trends and smart projections about how they will play out. Arthur C. Nelson delivers that resource in Reshaping Metropolitan America.

This unprecedented reference provides statistics about changes in population, jobs, housing, nonresidential space, and other key factors that are shaping the built environment, but its value goes beyond facts and figures. Nelson expertly analyzes contemporary development trends and identifies shifts that will affect metropolitan areas in the coming years. He shows how redevelopment can meet new and emerging market demands by creating more compact, walkable, and enjoyable communities. Most importantly, Nelson outlines a policy agenda for reshaping America that meets the new market demand for sustainable places.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Compact development - Development trends - Home ownership - Land use - Revitalized suburbs

Related subjects » Geography - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 




1. Major Market Trends and Demographic Changes

2. What Americans Want

3. Households and Housing

4. Space Needs for Jobs

5. The Reshape America Index

6. The Benefits of Reshaping Metropolitan America

7. Agenda to Reshape Metropolitan America


References and Selected Bibliography


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