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Comparative Urbanisms Speaker Series

"Confronting Decline in an Industrial City"Norm_Krumholz

Norm Krumholz
Professor, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University

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Using Cleveland as an example, an assessment of the current situation includes the city's history and development through the recent mortgage foreclosure crisis that has broken up and emptied out viable residential neighborhoods. Confronted with widespread decline and the disinterest of the private sector in large-scale investment, some planners and urban designers have begun to conceptualize the future of disfigured space in terms of alternative uses. This lecture explores the "Re-imagining Cleveland" project, concentrating on its documentation as space making.

Speaker Biography

Norman Krumholz is a professor at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Prior to joining the faculty, he was a planning practitioner in Ithaca, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland where he was planning director from 1969-1979. He is a past-president of both the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners, served on President Carter's National Commission on Neighborhoods, and was awarded a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. His equity planning practice on behalf of the poor and working people at Cleveland has become a national model for planners in other cities who are struggling to retain their economic base while making their neighborhoods more liveable.

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