Reinventing America's Legacy Cities: Strategies for Cities Losing Population
Recommendations included using market-driven development strategies to focus on the strongest neighborhoods while employing land banks in more economically challenged areas.
From Henry Cisneros, former HUD secretary and Legacy Cities Co-Chair:
"The American Assembly project's leadership has been stellar over many years. In Detroit The Assembly led an expert and hardworking group. The strong attendance at the sessions was matched by the high quality of the analyses. It is an uplifting thing to see such a meaningful set of recommendations emerge over a span of several days. I know that all of us who participated were motivated by our desire to arrest the deterioration of the hardest hit cities and to improve the quality of life for the people who reside in them. I believe we laid out a reasonable path. Now we will work in our own ways to convert our ideas into actions. Please know of my immense respect for the American Assembly’s events and for your leadership!"
The initial report of the 2011 "Legacy Cities" Assembly in Detroit, the report emphasizes the importance of differentiating market-driven development strategies useful in stronger neighborhoods from public investment driven strategies targeted at more economically challenged areas.
An effort to rethink strategies for sustainability, livability, and growth in cities facing long-term population loss, industrial decline, and other economic challenges.