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Sujata Shetty & Neil Reid

In: The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies

Chapter 34: The New Urban World: Challenges and Policy with Respect to Shrinking Cities

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The New Urban World: Challenges and Policy with Respect to Shrinking Cities
The New Urban World: Challenges and Policy with Respect to Shrinking Cities
Sujata ShettyNeil Reid
INTRODUCTION

Over the past several decades, overall global population trends have pointed towards increasing rates of urbanization. Among the well-documented challenges of growing urbanization and rapidly expanding cities are increased needs for food, shelter, employment, energy and public services, growing social disparities, and pressures on the resource base and on local government capacity (United Nations, 2013). Parallel to this trend of growing cities and the increasing complexity of their organization (Nijkamp and Kourtit, 2013), are a growing number of cities on every continent where population has declined sharply over the last several decades. They are known as shrinking cities.

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