An Ordinary City

Planning for Growth and Decline in New Bedford, Massachusetts

Authors: Hollander, Justin B.

  • Presents a valuable case study to examine the timely topic of urban population decline
  • Contributes to the burgeoning literature on declining cities and depopulation
  • Has global and interdisciplinary appeal, especially in the areas of urban studies, urban planning, public affairs, political science and environmental studies
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About this book

This book paints an intimate portrait of an overlooked kind of city that neither grows nor declines drastically. In fact, New Bedford, Massachusetts represents an entire category of cities that escape mainstream urban studies’ more customary attention to global cities (New York), booming cities (Atlanta), and shrinking cities (Flint).  New Bedford-style ordinary cities are none of these, they neither grow nor decline drastically, but in their inconspicuousness, they account for a vast majority of all cities. Given the complexities of growth and decline, both temporarily and spatially, how does a city manage change and physically adapt to growth and decline?  This book offers an answer through a detailed analysis of the politics, environment, planning strategies, and history of New Bedford.  

About the authors

Justin B. Hollander is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, USA. He has written five books and over 50 articles, book chapters, and reports on legacy cities, Big Data, brownfields, and urban design. 

Reviews

“In this thoroughly researched, fluently written, and delightfully illustrated book, Justin Hollander provides a memorable account of the complex history of an ‘ordinary city’—New Bedford, Massachusetts. The term ‘ordinary’ should not mask or downplay the importance of New Bedford as a case study. Through the rich description of the case, Hollander succeeds in asking and answering some of the most important and eternal questions about urban growth and decline. Everyone interested in how cities grow, shrink, and thrive again would benefit from reading this book.” (Sonia A. Hirt, Dean, School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, University of Maryland, College Park, USA)

“This is an insightful tale of the urban slide from ‘whaling capital of the world’ to an ordinary New England legacy city... Praise for Justin Hollander's take on New Bedford, MA—an extraordinary story of an ordinary city common throughout the American post-industrial North Atlantic and Great Lakes regions.” (Ivonne Audirac, Associate Professor, College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, University of Texas-Arlington, USA, and Co-Chair, Shrinking Cities International Research Network)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Hollander, Justin B.

    Pages 1-14

  • Planning for Growth and Decline in America: A Concise History

    Hollander, Justin B.

    Pages 15-38

  • Theories of Smart Shrinkage and Smart Growth

    Hollander, Justin B.

    Pages 39-61

  • How Much Change Is Too Much: A Look at the Numbers

    Hollander, Justin B.

    Pages 63-85

  • The Legacy of Change: Depopulation and Growth’s Impact on New Bedford Today

    Hollander, Justin B.

    Pages 87-99

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-60705-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-60704-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Ordinary City
Book Subtitle
Planning for Growth and Decline in New Bedford, Massachusetts
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-60705-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-60705-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-60704-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 234
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
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