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.