What causes some cities to grow, while others shrink? What are the consequences of declining populations in post-industrial cities? Is there hope that such cities can recover? In this episode of EconoFact Chats, Michael Klein and Matt Kahn, director of Johns Hopkins’ 21st Century Cities Initiative discuss some of these issues, drawing on Matt’s latest book Unlocking the Potential of Post-Industrial Cities, co-authored with Mac McComas.
Focusing on Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Cleveland, Detroit, and Pittsburgh, the podcast also highlights issues of racial segregation, and gentrification, and how greater investment in early childhood education can have a positive long-run impact in revitalizing a city.