Prof. Dunham-Jones discusses the trend of dying suburbs and the innovative methods by which they have been retrofitted

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More and more Americans are leaving the suburbs behind in favor of urban spaces.  Though originally structured for use by families, since 2000 two-thirds of suburban households are those without children, Prof. Ellen Dunham-Jones states in her discussion on the need to retrofit the dying suburbs. Communities around the Unites States are developing innovative ways of retrofitting their aging suburban structures to breathe new life into abandoned and now unused areas outside of cities. “Here in Atlanta, we have a former IBM corporate office building that has become the North Atlanta High School,” Jones gives as a local example. “Developers began to look at some of these very inexpensive, because they were abandoned or aging properties, as the new cheap land, instead of only looking at the undeveloped greenfield.”

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School of City & Regional Planning

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ellen dunham-jones, greenfield, new urbanism, NPR, suburbs
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  • Created On: Aug 11, 2014 - 5:09am
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