Reversing shrinking cities through sustainability practices- Lia Soorenian

Shrinking cities are defined as cities with a decreasing population rate and a decline in businesses and industry. In the New York Times article post below, the author argues that cities that have a declining effect, can be reversed by increasing sustainable practices. This project is helping several shrinking cities across the globe including cities in Russia, Germany, the U.S., and Japan. One of the reasons for this decline comes from home foreclosures and as a result, residential areas begin to suffer the most. The residents move out in hopes of seeking a place where they can afford to perhaps start over.

By decreasing the carbon foot print of a city, then the city itself becomes a healthier place to live, and therefore, attracting more people. For example building a solid transportation system in order to make the city less “car-centric” helps the city grow.

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/10/26/destroying-houses-to-save-cities/a-vision-beyond-rebuilding

Montrose City- Lia Soorenian

A town called La Crescenta, a suburb of L.A., has a strip of shops. The actual street is named Honolulu; however, the place is called Montrose City. This is a very clean and orderly place that appeals to people of all ages and interests. There is a shop called Critters which attracts young children and teenagers. Senior citizens, on the other hand, come to this street to walk their dogs or meet up with friends. Also, there are events such weekly farmer’s markets, October Fests and holiday celebrations. The place does also get political with weekly protests of Democrats and Republicans standing on each corner with placards and American flags. The environment has an old vibe to it with its vintage clock tower that rings every hour and old benches. Not only is it clean, but Montrose City is also organized with lined trees and orderly bushes.