Urban Economic Development Author:Bennet Harrison The economic and social problems of the central cities are widely evident, and many observers have concluded that stagnation is their inevitable fate. Challenging this conclusion, Bennet Harrison questions the conventional view that migration of industry and jobs to the suburbs has drained the central city economy and doomed its poor to the ghet... more »tos and joblessness. Backed by an intensive survey of current research, he submits evidence for a less despairing diagnosis and attributes the long term conditions of the central city to national economic cycles.
Ills that are specific to the city, such as breakdown in services it provides, stem largely from the failure of public policy to adjust to the evolutional changes the city is undergoing. This failure, Harrison contends, constitutes the greatest threat to the viability of cities.
In this perceptive and provocative study, Harrison holds that the city can be restored to full vitality if public attention is turned to revamping of urban government, to fuller utilization of city space, and to possible public ownership of central city land.« less