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Shifting perceptions in shrinking cities: The influence of governance, time and geography on local (in)action.

Hartt, Maxwell 2020. Shifting perceptions in shrinking cities: The influence of governance, time and geography on local (in)action. International Planning Studies 25 (2) , pp. 150-165. 10.1080/13563475.2018.1540296

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Abstract

The ability of local planners and decision-makers to effectively manage population loss and economic decline has been limited by the availability of shrinkage strategies in the planning toolbox and the stigma of shrinkage within the growth-oriented culture of planning. This paper assesses the applicability of a service rightsizing strategy in two shrinking Canadian municipalities in order to ascertain how local perception facilitates or impedes action. Although deemed theoretically applicable by the six key informants, the strategy was ultimately considered practically infeasible in both cities due to governance barriers. Despite similar conclusions, the local perception of shrinkage and response strategies was found to be influenced by the geographic location and longevity of shrinkage. The paper postulates that the duration of shrinkage processes and local perceptions are tied to the stage of deindustrialization and the changing demographic makeup of the city.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1356-3475
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 October 2018
Date of Acceptance: 15 October 2018
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2020 03:06
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/116123

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