Economic Revitalization: Cases and Strategies for City and Suburb


Joan Fitzgerald & Nancey Green Leigh

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    LaVerne Schroeder Hufnagel

    IN MEMORY OF Walter Frederick Hufnagel Thomas Watkins Leigh Henrianne Leigh Miles


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    The idea for this book was conceived on a Sunday bike ride we took one summer along the lakefront from central Chicago to the inner-ring suburb of Evanston. The actual writing of this book has taken us individually and jointly to many other cities and suburbs, and we would like to acknowledge the support of many along the way who have helped us realize its completion.

    We would like to thank Catherine Rossbach, our first editor at Sage, who provided encouragement and support throughout the writing process. We also thank Sam White of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and Dick Bingham of Cleveland State University for reading drafts of early chapters and providing helpful comments and encouragement. Our current editor at Sage, Marquita Flemming, has provided valuable help during the final stages of completing the manuscript. Wim Wiewel, former director of the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago, kindly provided Nancey Green Leigh with a visiting research fellow position for her research project on the office and industrial property markets of Chicago, which led to the fateful bike ride.

    As a faculty fellow at the Great Cities Institute and a faculty member of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at UIC, Fitzgerald thanks Wiewel and Great Cities Associate Director Lauri Alpern for their support. Kimberly Gester, Tom Stribling, and Jean Templeton provided research assistance for parts of several chapters. The late Rob Mier and Bennett Harrison were sources of personal and professional inspiration on placing social justice at the forefront of economic development.

    Fitzgerald thanks staff and board members of the Jane Addams Resource Corporation for providing access to records, staff, students, and interviews for the case study in Chapter 2. Board Chair Hal Baron, Executive Director Michael Buccitelli, and Associate Director Anita Jenke Flores commented extensively on the manuscript. Jon Soderstrom, head of the Office of Cooperative Research, was particularly helpful in providing background information on Yale's involvement in biotechnology and in making contacts with other key sources. Debra Pasquale, president of Connecticut United for Research Excellence, Inc. (CURE), also provided lengthy interviews and introductions to sources in state and city government.

    Leigh wishes to acknowledge the Lincoln Institute on Land Policy for supporting her research project “Promoting More Equitable Brownfields,” which is drawn on in parts of Chapter 3, “The Brownfield Redevelopment Challenge.” She also is grateful for the brownfield research assistance of Georgia Tech master's student Crystal Welsh, and doctoral student Sarah L. Coffin.

    Fitzgerald is appreciative of comments and insights on Chapter 4, “Industrial Retention: Multiple Strategies for Keeping Manufacturing Strong,” from Jon DeVries, Donna Ducharme, Bob Giloth, Jim Lemonides, Kari Moe, Dennis Vicchiarelli, and Luke Weisburg, all of whom were involved in economic development and industrial retention in Chicago at various times. Ben Wolters provided input and contacts on Seattle's industrial retention efforts.

    For Chapter 5, “Commercial Revitalization in Central Cities and Older Suburbs,” Leigh is grateful for the research assistance of Georgia Tech student Jennifer Ball. She also thanks the staff of Sandy Springs Revitalization, Inc., John Cheeks, Alan Steinbeck, and Donna Gathers, for their assistance in preparing the chapter's case study through interviews, providing materials, and comments on the draft text.

    For assistance in research that is drawn on in Chapter 6, “The Reuse of Office and Industrial Property in City and Suburb,” Leigh is thankful to Georgia Tech master's students Jonathan Hoffman and Peter Vaughn. She also gratefully acknowledges the support of the Lincoln Institute on Land Policy for her research project on the reuse of office and industrial vacant land in central cities. In particular, Leigh wishes to thank Rosalind Greenstein, director of Lincoln's Program on Vacant Land, for the interest and encouragement she has shown in her work.

    Chapter 7 relied heavily on long interviews with several staff members of the Seattle Jobs Initiative and in several other Seattle organizations. In particular, Fitzgerald thanks Mary Jean Ryan, director of Seattle's Office of Economic Development, for candidly sharing progress, successes, and frustrations of the evolving Seattle Jobs Initiative. Several people offered valuable comments on the chapter: Bob Giloth, program officer at the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Alex Schwartz, associate professor at New School University; and Bob Watrus, policy analyst at the Northwest Policy Center at the University of Washington.

    Finally, we acknowledge the support of our respective institutions, the City and Regional Planning Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northeastern University. Jeann Greenway, at Georgia Tech, provided the last critical assistance that was needed to get this manuscript out the door.

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    About the Authors

    Joan Fitzgerald is Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University. Prior to moving to Boston in 2000, she was on the faculty at the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago for nine years and a faculty fellow at the Great Cities Institute for three years. Fitzgerald has taught urban economic development and related courses for 12 years. Her research focuses on linking workforce and economic development. She has published in Economic Development Quarterly, The Review of Black Political Economy, Urban Affairs Quarterly, Urban Education, and The American Prospect. She is currently working on a book, Moving Up in the New Economy. The book focuses on how to build career ladders to living-wage jobs into workforce development programs. Fitzgerald holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the Pennsylvania State University.

    Nancey Green Leigh is Associate Professor, specializing in economic development planning, in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She obtained her B.A. in urban studies and a master's in regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master's in economics and a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow and Regents Fellow of the University of California at Berkeley and past Vice President of the Association of the Collegiate Schools of Planning. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Leigh teaches, conducts research, and publishes in the areas of local economic development planning, urban and regional development, industrial restructuring, and brownfield redevelopment. She is the author of Stemming Middle Class Decline: The Challenge to Economic Development Planning. Some of the journals she has published in are Economic Development Quarterly, The Review of Black Political Economy, Growth and Change, the Journal of Urban Technology, Economic Development Review, Commentary, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, and the Journal of Planning Literature.

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