An Ordinary City

Planning for Growth and Decline in New Bedford, Massachusetts

  • Justin B. Hollander

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 197-234

About this book


This book paints an intimate portrait of an overlooked kind of city that neither grows nor declines drastically. In fact, New Bedford, Massachusetts represents an entire category of cities that escape mainstream urban studies’ more customary attention to global cities (New York), booming cities (Atlanta), and shrinking cities (Flint).  New Bedford-style ordinary cities are none of these, they neither grow nor decline drastically, but in their inconspicuousness, they account for a vast majority of all cities. Given the complexities of growth and decline, both temporarily and spatially, how does a city manage change and physically adapt to growth and decline?  This book offers an answer through a detailed analysis of the politics, environment, planning strategies, and history of New Bedford.  


Urban Decline Urban Growth Urban Policy Environmental Studies Environmental Planning Sustainable Communities Brownfields Redevelopment Land Use Planning Urban Redevelopment Local Economic Development Depopulating Cities Depopulation

Authors and affiliations

  • Justin B. Hollander
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  1. 1.Tufts UniversityBostonUSA

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