Confronting

Suburban Decline

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          Most middle-income home buyers have avoided purchasing small suburban houses built between 1945 and 1970 that are located in auto-dependent neighborhoods.  In many suburbs, relative income of residents has declined faster than in central cities.  Due to the "tyranny of easy development decisions," developers build new housing where government regulations are permissive and local residents are few.  Developers usually avoid in-fill projects, including near public transit stations, because of protests from neighbors and insufficient support for compact development from public officials.  After analyzing case studies, city conditions in all 50 states, and suburban trends in 554 suburbs in 24 metropolitan areas, Confronting Suburban Decline suggests policies, based on examples, to turn these dangers in to opportunities for more compact, satisfying metropolitan areas.

Modified by David L. Phillips, January 20, 2000