Shrinking Cities, Smaller Cities:
Modern Crisis or New Path to Prosperity?
Can Smaller be Better?
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 30
David Freedberg, Director, Italian Academy,
Pierre Matisse Professor of Art History, Columbia University
Director, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
Session I: “An Historical View of Urban Shrinkage: the Industrial City's Last Gasp?"
Chair: Lisa Keller, Purchase College, SUNY
Kenneth T. Jackson, Columbia University: “From Venice to Detroit: Urban Decline Across the Centuries”
Robert A. Beauregard, Columbia University: “The Inconstant Tenacity of Shrinkage: U.S. Cities, 1790 to Present”
Session II: Documenting the City through Film
Introduction: Themis Chronopoulos, SUNY Stony Brook
Emmanuèle Cunningham-Sabot, University of Rennes, France.
Introduction: Barbara Faedda, Associate Director,
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies
University of Milano-Bicocca, & SUM (Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane), Florence Italy
"Surfing the tsunami. Decline or development in the European meta-city?"
Session III: A Transatlantic View: Three Post-Industrial Cases
Chair: Owen Gutfreund, Hunter College
Lars Nilsson, Institute of Urban History, Stockholm University, Sweden: "Cities in decline: Trends and countertrends in Swedish post-industrial urban development".
Maria Prieto, Independent Researcher, Spain: “Scales of the City: The Case of Spain”
Elliot Sclar, Columbia University, “Living in the Time of Planned Shrinkage: Perceptions of New York 1960 to 2007”
Session IV: Mining Towns in the Americas
Chair: Jaime Rodriguez, St. John’s University
José Vargas-Hernández, Universitario de Ciencias Económico Administrativas Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico: “Shrinking of Corporate Towns: A Mexican Case Study”
Jeffrey Manuel, Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville): “Changing Everything To Keep It the Same: Evaluating the Fight Against Decline in the Lake Superior Iron Mining Cities”
FRIDAY OCTOBER 1
Session V: “Rise, Fall, Rise? Post-Industrial Landscapes in the US"
Chair: David Smiley, Barnard College, Columbia University
Frank J. Popper, Rutgers University & Princeton University, and Deborah E. Popper, College of Staten Island and Graduate Center of the City University of New York: “What the World’s Rust Belts Can Learn from North America’s Great Plains”
Tracy Campbell, University of Kentucky: "The Rise and Fall of the 'New York of the West': The Case of St. Louis, Missouri"
Allen Dietrich-Ward, Shippensburg University: "From Mill Towns to ‘Burbs of the 'Burgh: Suburban Strategies in Post-Industrial Pittsburgh."
Session VI: “The View from Italy: Milan and Genoa”
Moderator: Maurizio Vaudagna, University of Eastern Piedmont
Alessandro Balducci, Politecnico di Milano: “Milan: A Shrinking City in a Dynamic Urban Region"
Alberto Violante, University La Sapienza - Rome: "Can Regeneration Defeat Shrinkage? Genoa, An Italian Example"
Session VII: The Empire State: The Problems and the Prospects
Introduction: Kenneth T. Jackson, Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History, Columbia University
Kathryn Foster, Director, University at Buffalo Regional Institute, SUNY: “Wedding of the Waters' Revisited: Reconnecting New York State in an Era of Shrinkage"
Michael Skrebutenas, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Housing and Community Development New York State, & Aaron Bartley, PUSH: “Community Development in an Era of Austerity: New York State’s Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative”
Session VIII: Adapting to Shrinkage in Germany and the United States
Chair: Deborah Becher, Barnard College, Columbia University
Matthias Bernt, University of Berlin/Leipzig: "Stadtumbau Ost: State-Led Responses to Shrinkage in Germany"
Terry Schwarz, Kent State University: "Shrink to Fit: Vacant Land Reclamation in Cleveland"
Margaret Dewar, University of Michigan: “Remaking the City after Abandonment: Lessons from Detroit."
Roundtable Wrap-up: All Participants
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