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THE RURALIZATION OF DETROIT? IMPLICATIONS FOR ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT POLICY
THE RURALIZATION OF DETROIT? IMPLICATIONS FOR ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT POLICY

Author(s): Tanner CONNORS, Laura A. REESE, Mark SKIDMORE
Subject(s): Economy, National Economy, Socio-Economic Research
Published by: Academia de Studii Economice - Centrul de Cercetare in Administratie si Servicii Publice (CCASP)
Keywords: local econoic development; post-industrial cities; shrinking cities;

Summary/Abstract: This paper raises two questions: 1) do post-industrial cities such as Detroit have substantial numbers of areas with what are commonly defined as “rural” characteristics, and 2) if the answer to the first question is shown to be in the affirmative, then are economic development policies designed for urban areas likely to be successful? Using the United States Census Bureau’s 2010 decennial data and American Community Survey data from 2014 and 2016, Detroit is compared to other municipalities nationally to assess the extent to which it has rural characteristics and whether it has indeed “ruralized” over time. Based on findings that show increasing numbers of census tracts with rural characteristics, we argue that rural economic development policies may be a potentially more appropriate and effective alternative to traditional urban development strategies for post-industrial cities.

  • Issue Year: 15/2020
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 29-48
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: English