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.

Redefining the Field of Local Economic Development

Redefining the field of local economic development

As a profession and an academic field within urban planning, economic development is relatively young. We begin this chapter with a brief history of economic development practice and theory. Then, we identify key economic development issues in inner cities and inner-ring suburbs and discuss tools and practices aimed specifically at urban or inner-city revitalization. We conclude that there is a need to reconsider how economic development is defined. Without such a reconsideration, the practice of economic development will continue to be as hit-or-miss and inequitable as its critics assert. We make a case for a reorientation of economic development practice for central-city and inner-ring suburbs that works toward achieving a higher degree ...

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