Demystifying shrinking cities

University at Buffalo geography professor Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen (right) and SUNY Buffalo State assistant professor of geography and planning Jason Knight are among four co-authors of a new book on shrinking cities. 

A new book by geography and planning experts examines several decades worth of data to provide an analysis of the state of shrinking cities across the United States.

Among the questions addressed: Which areas of America are declining in population today? Is population loss stabilizing in these regions? And how does shrinkage influence the quality of life for the residents who remain?

“We hear about shrinkage all the time — people remember the heyday of a city and talk about how everything is going downhill, but what does that really mean?” says Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, PhD, a professor of geography in the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences. “We wanted to explore what shrinkage is, and how it affects the people who live in a place that is shrinking.”

 

Published September 14th, 2016

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