Thursday, July 31, 2008

Policy Link Core Cities Initiative

Many of you may have seen this report on other blogs, but I couldn't resist embedding the interactive map. The Policy Link report defines smaller industrial core cities as those that are:

OLD - Cities that had a population of more than 5000 by 1880, implying an industrial base or concentration of industry and commerce;
SMALL - cities with 15000 to 150,000 residents according to the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau and;
POOR - Cities with a median household income of less than $35,000 according to the 2000 U.S. Census.

The point here is smaller industrial cities can be strong again. Youngstown's 2010 Plan is used as an example of good land use and fiscal policy. Check out the map and click on the Ohio study.

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