How the land is developed to accommodate the next 100 million people in the U.S. is of critical importance. Future land use patterns and human settlements will determine how cost effective, equitable, and environmentally friendly the country will be in the twenty-first century. The big picture here focuses on metropolitan area settlement patterns. How do cities become more livable, attract back the affluent households they have lost, and develop the tax base they need to support their diverse populations and the cultural, civic, educational, and governmental services they provide their regions? How do older suburbs protect and enhance their aging residential and commercial neighborhoods? How do cities and established suburbs deal with the competition for economic development and high-end residential projects coming from communities on the fringe? To do so, they need to develop competent and competitive strategies for redevelopment in identified neighborhoods, waterfronts, and downtowns that can create conditions for continued redevelopment efforts. This article explores how cities are approaching this task.
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