City Life-Cycles and American Urban Policy

City Life-Cycles and American Urban Policy

Studies in Urban Economics

1st Edition - January 28, 1979

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  • Author: R. D. Norton
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483218946

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City Life-Cycles and American Urban Policy is an interdisciplinary study of differential urban development in the United States since 1945 that aims to place urban policy choices in historical perspective. The book discusses the issues and establishes a framework within which relevant quantitative measurements can be interpreted. The text also describes systematic empirical tests, which typically take the form of regression equations, and traces city population changes into two proximate causes: annexation and urban growth. The reasons for annexation contrasts among the nation’s largest cities; the second-city growth determinant; and the institutional explanation for fiscal differential among large cities are also considered. The book further tackles the issue of federal fiscal assistance to declining cities. Economists will find the book invaluable.

Table of Contents

  • Contents



    1. Cities in Evolution

    Cities, Innovation, and Economic Development

    The Social and Political Uses of Older Cities

    Do We Want a Permanent Urban Underclass?

    Appendix: Postindustrialism—False Promises?

    2. Measuring Urban Legacies

    Defining City Age

    The Regional Dimension

    Jobs to people for People to Jobs?

    Appendix: The Potential Bias in the City Age Classification

    3. Why City growth Rates Differ

    Accounting for Contrasts in City Population Growth

    The Demographic Transformation of the Old City

    Life-Cycle Tendencies in the 1970s

    Appendix : Cleveland's Historical Life-Cycle

    4. City Borders and the Timing of Urban Development

    The Role of State Policy Guidelines

    Housing Endowments and City-Suburban

    Income Disparities

    The Territorial Histories of Young and Old Cities

    The Rules o f the Game

    The Social Uses of the Industrial Cities

    Territorial Legacies and City Economic Positions

    5. Cities within the Industrial System

    The Determinations of Central-City Job Changes: 1948-1972

    Manufacturing and Metropolitan Job Growth

    The Fall of the Heartland

    6. The Product Cycle and the Rejuvenation Question

    Cores, Cycles, and the Decentralization of Production

    The Core and the Periphery in Retrospect

    The Product Cycle and the Seedbed Function

    T h e Dispersion of the Seedbed Function

    7. Urban Political Legacies and City Expenditure Contrasts

    City-Sub Conflict and Local Fiscal Organization

    Sociospatial Systems (Revisited)

    The Structure of Expenditure Variations in Fiscal 1970

    Local Fiscal Institutions as the "Determinants" of City Expenditures

    The Revenue Constraint and the 1976 Rankings

    The Logic of Federal Fiscal Relief to Declining Cities

    8. Urban Differences and Federal Grant Formulas

    Measuring Central-City Differences

    The 1977 Community Development Block Grants

    Formula as an Index of City Age

    The 1980 Allocations under the New Formula

    9. The Case for Dispersal

    Name Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 200
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1979
  • Published: January 28, 1979
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483218946

About the Author

R. D. Norton

About the Editor

Edwin S. Mills

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