When Corporations Leave Town: The Cost and Benefits of Metropolitan Job Sprawl

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August 2000



New suburban communities have sprung up all over America, while industrial plants and other commercial districts in the inner city have been left to decay. Nowhere is this more evident than the midwestern United States, where newly formed communities have funneled jobs and income from the inner city. Generally known as sprawl, the problem is particularly acute in those metropolitan areas where deconcentration is taking place -- decline in the central city coupled with suburban growth. This process creates benefits in the suburbs, but also increasingly poses costs in the form of congestion and growing infrastructure costs. When Corporations Leave Town develops a consistent and comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of employment deconcentration, focusing on central cities and their suburbs.Sprawl and deconcentration have become big issues in Vice President Albert Gore's presidential campaign, and are the subject of a growing number of policy initiatives, conferences, and research by organizations such as the Urban Land Institute, the National Homebuilders Association, and the Brookings Institute. Joseph Persky and Wim Wiewel compare the costs and benefits of a firm's locating in the central city with locating in the suburbs. They use a hypothetical model of a large manufacturing plant and a business services office in the Chicago metropolitan area to calculate tangible and intangible costs such as population and traffic congestion, air pollution, housing abandonment, loss of farmland, tax liabilities, and the strain put on suburban public resources. Wiewel and Persky then explore a broad range of public policies advocated for reversing or mitigating metropolitan deconcentration.WhenCorporations Leave Town presents new and challenging arguments and solutions surrounding the current political debates about deconcentration. This book will interest policy analysts and students and scholars of urban studies, urban economics, urban geography, and regional pl


Joseph Persky is a professor of economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Wim Wiewel is dean and professor at the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
EAN: 9780814329085
ISBN: 081432908X
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2000
Seitenanzahl: 192 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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