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Editorial> Smart (Re)Growth

Editorial> Smart (Re)Growth | green streets |
Are suburbanization and urbanism always at odds?

Much has been made lately of a supposedly historic shift in American demographics, in which community survey data from the Census Bureau showed many large American cities (mainly in the Sun Belt) grew at a faster rate than their suburbs since last year. But as any drive through the collar counties will make clear, the suburbs still loom large. In absolute numbers, the growth seen downtown is still a fraction of the growth enjoyed by communities more far-flung. 

We recently looked closely at redevelopment in Ohio’s three largest cities. Movements to revitalize withering urban cores there have progressed to a point where some see a brighter future for Rust Belt cities. A genuine interest in downtown living has coalesced with efforts by private developers and all levels of government to help produce a new template for urban redevelopment...

Bella Reagan's curator insight, May 26, 2015 11:42 PM

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This article showed how suburbanization and urbanization are becoming more and more similar in their developments. As suburbanization grows, it develops in new modern ways and modernized infrastructures. The city and the suburbs are beginning to look more and more alike. This is seen in the articles three examples of Ohio's three biggest cities. 


This article revealed to me that suburbs are beginning too develop like cities. They are taking to act like and look like cities. Suburbs have changed their purpose from escaping the city to trying to be urbanized like the city. Suburban places and suburbs still take up more land and broader spaces, but are now growing with urbanization. The suburbs are developing with the new trees set in cities and are growing and urbanizing with the cities.

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How to Start an Urban Farm in a Post-Industrial City

How to Start an Urban Farm in a Post-Industrial City | green streets |
Youngstown, Ohio, may have shrunk, but its urban farms are growing.

In its manufacturing heyday, its population topped 170,000. Now less than half that number live in the city. The 73,000 or so inhabitants live among 22,000 vacant lots and buildings.

But rather than sit around and watch the grass grow in vacant lots, the citizens and leaders of Youngstown have decided to take control of what grows there.

By 2010, the city had put together a plan that envisioned a future as a smaller city, but also a greener one. That foresight is paying off. The city’s website lists its recent accolades—fourth best city for raising a family, one of 20 cities recovering most strongly from the Great Recession, most affordable major housing market. And instead of growing grass in vacant lots, a bevy of community groups are growing vegetables and fruits, alongside chicken coops and fish ponds, as Global Green documents in a new report.

Part of the city’s plan has been to support urban agriculture by leasing or selling land parcels for as little as a dollar and by handing out wrenches to allow farmers access to water from fire hydrants when their rainwater collection systems run dry...

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