In Economic Revitalization: Cases and Strategies for City and Suburb Fitzgerald and Leigh answer the need for a text that incorporates social justice and sustainability into how we think about and practice economic development. It is one of the first to talk about how revitalization strategies are implemented in both cities and suburbs, particularly inner-ring suburbs that are experiencing decline previously associated only with inner-city neighborhoods. After setting the context with a brief history of economic development practice and its shortcomings, Fitzgerald and Leigh focus on six economic development strategies: sectoral strategies, Brownfield redevelopment, industrial retention, commercial revitalization, industrial and office property reuse, and workforce development.

Introduction: Why We Wrote This Book: A New Perspective on Local Economic Development Planning

Introduction: Why we wrote this book: A new perspective on local economic development planning

Most of our students, whether recent college graduates or seasoned practitioners, view planning as a way of changing the world. Many students and practitioners tell us of witnessing or being victims of job loss, gentrification, neighborhood deterioration, or environmental racism as what motivated them to want to practice economic development planning. Yet they also express disappointment at how little impact they have in achieving these “idealistic” goals of planning once they become practitioners. Indeed, given the international forces affecting our economies, it is easy to lose faith in economic development planning as being capable of accomplishing much more ...

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