Metropolis Asks “What To Do with a Shrinking City?”

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Here’s a fascinating problem for the urban design crowd: Youngstown, Ohio, has lost nearly 100,000 of its citizens since the 1970s. The current city is plagued with an excess of infrastructure and does not have the tax base to pay for its upkeep. Now the city has pinned its hopes on “Youngstown 2010” a “comprehensive plan to reduce nonessential infrastructure, attract new businesses, and rehab deteriorated and abandoned spaces.” Metropolis magazine covered the plan in late 2006 in “The Incredible Shrinking City.” Anyone been to Youngstown recently and want to report on how the town is doing? Sound off in the comments!

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