This week in legacy cities news:
The Persistence of Failed History: “White Infill” as the New “White Flight”?
by Richey Piiparinen at Urbanophile
Piiparinen explores the “back-to-the-city” movement, an inversion of 1968’s flight to the suburbs, challenging the little proven trickle-down effect of “white infill” in the inner city.
Can Youngstown Make It On Its Own?
by Alan Mallach at Rooflines
“The entire region [has] to realize not only that Youngstown isn’t going away, but that their decline and that of the city are totally intertwined—and that the region isn’t going to revive until or unless Youngstown does.”
When Will We Hear About the Actual People in Detroit?
by Bill Bradley at Next City
Bill Bradley wonders when public officials will talk about the real problems in Detroit: poverty, crime and social inequity.
The U.S. Cities Where the Poor Are Most Segregated From Everyone Else
by Richard Florida at Atlantic Cities
7 of top 10 most poverty-segregated American cities are legacy cities: Milwaukee, Hartford, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, and Baltimore.
Reading, Writing and Renewal (the Urban Kind)
by Michael Kimmelman of The New York Times
An article and slideshow on Henderson Hopkins, a school (and “community center, library, auditorium and gym”) at the center of a new redevelopment project in Baltimore.
“Baltimore demolished many great old school buildings in the 1950s and ’60s and replaced them with incredibly depressing places,” recalled Christopher Shea, president of East Baltimore Development Inc., the nonprofit organization overseeing the plan. “We wanted to go in the opposite direction. We wanted Henderson-Hopkins to be an inspiration and magnet for the neighborhood.”