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

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Friday, April 21 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
FR3.30.09 Understanding Neighborhood Stabilization and Decline through Municipal Governance Success and Failure: A Study of Six St. Louis Municipalities

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This presentation is derived from qualitative case studies of six St. Louis municipalities' policy decisions from 1980 to 2010, analyses of empirical studies, public documents, interviews, and scholarly articles to better understand the critical factors that influence success and failure of municipal governments in stabilizing inner suburbs, racially and economically. During the 1980s, the largest racial transitions and flight of middle-class families in the nation did not occur in central cities, but in the inner suburbs of major metropolitan cities like St. Louis, MO. This mass exodus of middle-class residents from the inner-ring was accompanied by the entrance of low-income families, racial tipping, and neighborhood decline. While this transition accounts for some of the related challenges observed in today’s older, inner-ring suburbs like Ferguson, MO, it does not tell the full story. However, amid decline in neighboring areas some inner suburbs have managed to stabilize and some have experienced economic growth and increased racial diversity.  A few anticipated findings include: municipal government succeeds when policy creates mix-use space and fails when it isolates its poor.

Napoleon Williams III, University of Missouri-St. Louis


Friday April 21, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Mirage (2nd Floor--foyer area)