Shrinking Cities


It isn’t that they can’t see the solution.  It is that they can’t see the problem.
–G.K. Chesterton, “The Point of a Pin,” in The Scandal of Father Brown

Our main goal is to share information so that practitioners and academicians alike can build from the lessons learned by others.  As information on new initiatives become available, it will be added to our list below, and the status of existing initiatives will be updated from time to time.  If you are aware of new legislations or planning efforts that directly focus on shrinking cities and sustainability, please inform us.


Economic and population decline does not have to appear as such. This is one of the efforts to liven up downtown Cleveland and its waterfront. Photos by OAu-Vang