47th Annual Conference | April 19 – 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN USA | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel | #UAA2017 | urbanaffairsassociation.org | urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

Paper Presenters - Submit your paper to your panel’s moderator by April 3, 2017

Friday, April 21 • 2:05pm - 3:30pm
FR2.05.06 Urbanizing the Suburbs

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Across North America, suburban landscapes have been experiencing dramatic change. Concomitant with unrelenting dispersion and sprawl, attempts to introduce urban elements into suburban landscapes has been rapidly gaining ground. Although it is not an all-encompassing process, attempts to insert urban elements in suburban development may be in fact groundbreaking for present-day dispersed environments. Driven by demand by college-educated and talented millennials who prefer urban over suburban living and working environments and corporations that signal their willingness to move back to cities, suburbs have had to come up with alternative development strategies that would make themselves attractive again to residents and businesses alike.
The purpose of this session is to promote discussion on the process of suburban urbanization in the United States and Canada. Papers in this session emphasize state and private initiatives in supporting urban-like development in different types of suburban environments. In what seems to be a swing in pendulum, decision makers and local stakeholders seek to re-engineer suburban settings so that they can regain the power as profitable arenas for capital investment. As a process in the making, plans for mixed-use, dense, walkable, and transit-oriented development in suburban environments present a new phase in ‘urban sub-urbanism’.

Governing the Retrofit: Urbanizing the Suburb, Regionalizing the City
Roger Keil, York University; Pierre Hamel, Université de Montréal Suburban

Suburban Multifunctional Centres as Alternatives to Dispersion? A Canadian Analysis
Pierre Filion, University of Waterloo

Split Personality: City, Small Town, or Suburb?
Gillad Rosen, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Jill Grant, Dalhousie University

Growth Politics and the Resetting the Edge City: The Case of Tysons Corner
Igal Charney, University of Haifa


Igal Charney

University of Haifa
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Gillad Rosen

Senior Lecturer, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Roger Keil, York University

York Research Chair in Global Sub/Urban Studies, York University


Friday April 21, 2017 2:05pm - 3:30pm
Greenway Ballroom-F (2nd Floor)