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Reinventing the Postindustrial City

Paul HardinKapp, Paul J.Armstrong

Publication Year: 2012

SynergiCity: Reinventing the Postindustrial City proposes a new and invigorating vision of urbanism, architectural design, and urban revitalization in twenty-first-century America. Culling transformative ideas from the realms of historic preservation, sustainability, ecological urbanism, and the innovation economy, Paul Hardin Kapp and Paul J. Armstrong present a holistic vision for restoring industrial cities suffering from population decline back into stimulating and productive places to live and work._x000B__x000B_With a particular emphasis on the Rust Belt of the American Midwest, SynergiCity argues that cities such as Detroit, St. Louis, and Peoria must redefine themselves to be globally competitive. This revitalization is possible through environmentally and economically sustainable restoration of industrial areas and warehouse districts for commercial, research, light industrial, and residential uses. The volume's expert researchers, urban planners, and architects draw on the redevelopment successes of other major cities--such as the American Tobacco District in Durham, North Carolina, and the Milwaukee River Greenway--to set guidelines and goals for reinventing and revitalizing the postindustrial landscape. _x000B__x000B_Contributors are Paul J. Armstrong, Donald K. Carter, Lynne M. Dearborn, Norman W. Garrick, Mark Gillem, Robert Greenstreet, Craig Harlan Hullinger, Paul Hardin Kapp, Ray Lees, Emil Malizia, John O. Norquist, Christine Scott Thomson, and James Wasley._x000B_

Published by: University of Illinois Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. v

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pp. vii-viii

I paraphrase the great Jane Jacobs for a reason. Left for dead, abandoned by globalizing and deindustrializing corporations, and mortally wounded by some of the most destructive urban renewal strategies of modern history, great industrial cities across America...

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pp. ix

Edmund Bacon, the former urban planner for the city of Philadelphia, once described urban synergy as a process that successfully synthesizes disparate and often competing economic, social, and political forces in which the result is greater than the sum...

I. Designing SynergiCity

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pp. 1

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1. Hope for the Future of the Postindustrial City

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pp. 3-16

The term “postindustrial” was first popularized by Daniel Bell in his 1973 book The Coming of Post-industrial Society, in which he forecast that mature national economies were moving and would continue to move from being manufacturing based to service based...

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2. Why SynergiCity?

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pp. 17-27

For the past 15 years, manufacturing cities throughout the United States have experienced a significant decline. Manufacturing’s share of employment in the United States has been falling for at least 50 years (Bernard et al. 2002). According to the Bureau of...

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3. Historic Preservation

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pp. 28-39

What is the first step in making SynergiCity? Historic preservation. It is the foundation and initial step to redeveloping the postindustrial district in the American city. Rehabilitating the existing buildings, streets, and open...

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4. Creating Urban Metabolism

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pp. 40-54

Urban Metabolism, originally proposed in 1965, is a model to facilitate the description and analysis of the flows of the materials and energy within cities (Wolman 1965). It offers benefits in the study of the sustainability...

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5. The Socioeconomic Opportunities of SynergiCity

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pp. 55-68

Cities support a large number of interlinked human institutions and provide the physical context within which much of the world’s population lives and works. To support city habitation, the quality of life offered to all urban...

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6. Restoring Urbanism in U.S. Cities

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pp. 69-76

Peoria, Illinois, is the very symbol of the midwestern American city. “But will it play in Peoria?” was the question vaudeville show producers asked themselves before launching a nationwide show tour. Now the phrase is used as inside-the-Beltway shorthand...

II. Sustainability in SynergiCity

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pp. 77

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7. Making Postindustrial Cities Livable

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pp. 79-91

The American city is in the final stages of a major transformation. The services sector has largely replaced manufacturing. This shift has left vacant industrial facilities, brownfield sites, and nearly empty rail yards. Jobs have migrated to homogenized edge...

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8. Rethinking Storm Water

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pp. 92-102

In the fall of 2004, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) partnered with the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM) to undertake two projects; “UWM as a Zero-Discharge Zone,” a speculative storm...

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9. Ecological Urbanism in the Postindustrial City

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pp. 103-114

Global economic restructuring has sparked urban crisis and long-term economic decline in many industrial and manufacturing centers since the 1950s, but today Ecological Urbanism is an important urban design theory, providing communities with tools...

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10. The Sustainable Transportation Agenda for Postindustrial Cities

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pp. 115-130

At the very moment that the industrial cities of America were beginning to lose their industrial base, they were also faced with the issue of how to cope with the unprecedented increase in motorization sweeping post...

III. Making SynergiCity a Reality

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pp. 131

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11. Creating a Town-Gown Partnership

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pp. 133-140

Many factors must converge to successfully stimulate the growth and reinvention of cities, and as many agents of creative change as possible need to be harnessed toward the positive regeneration of the urban environment...

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12. Peoria’s Warehouse District

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pp. 141-151

Most people are not aware that Peoria was a bustling, prosperous regional center for territorial trade, transportation, and commerce long before Chicago (Fort Dearborn) was much of a settlement on the banks of Lake Michigan. Peoria’s location on the Illinois River and within the fertile central Illinois prairie...

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13. Developing SynergiCity

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pp. 152-170

Many industrial cities in America’s heartland and others elsewhere in the United States have endured long-term economic decline. Their manufacturing base has been undermined, and their central areas have lost many...

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pp. 171-182

SynergiCity is, in fact, the product of synergy. More than just an area of architecturally rehabilitated buildings, it is the transformation of dormant factories and warehouses...

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 183-184


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pp. 185-188


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pp. 189-194

About the Authors, Back Cover

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pp. 195

E-ISBN-13: 9780252093937
Print-ISBN-13: 9780252036811

Page Count: 360
Publication Year: 2012