The Decline of the Industrial City: The Limits of Neoliberal Urban Regeneration

Tahl Kaminer

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Abstract

The current crisis of capitalist economy has raised significant doubts regarding the mechanisms of urban development of the last decades. In contrast to the regeneration of cities such as New York, Manchester, Amsterdam or London in recent decades, the decline of some Western cities has never been reversed by neoliberal policies: their trajectory of decline, beginning in the 1950s if not earlier, continues, unabated, to this day. These cities, and particularly Detroit, Newark, Buffalo and Baltimore, were mostly industrial powerhouses which began their decline with the dissipation of industry. They never succeeded in reinventing their role in society and, in effect, never benefited from the economic upturn of the 1990s, did not experience the practices of urban regeneration revolving around the creative industries, gentrification and city branding, and did not become playgrounds for a new class of white collar workers. This paper studies the condition of Newark, a city in continuous decline.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe New Urban Question
Subtitle of host publicationUrbanism Beoyond Neo-liberalism
Place of PublicationDelft
Pages143-49
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventThe 4th International Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 26 Nov 200929 Nov 2009

Conference

ConferenceThe 4th International Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU)
CountryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period26/11/0929/11/09
OtherThe New Urban Question – Urbanism beyond Neo-Liberalism

Keywords

  • Gentrification
  • the industrial city
  • urban decline
  • urban renewal
  • neoliberalism

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