Originally published in the Hub. Read the full article.

“When it comes to launching an economic comeback in cities that have suffered decades of decline, Matthew E. Kahn and Mac McComas describe themselves as cautious optimists.

In their new book, Unlocking the Potential of Post-Industrial Cities (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021), Kahn and McComas explore why six cities—Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis—have seen a decline in population and an increase in poverty rates over the last 50 years, and ask how the public and private sectors can work together to craft policies and make investments to revitalize their local economies and create safe, green cities where all young people can reach their full potential.”

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