The UB Regional Institute

A unit of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning

October 1, 2010

Kate Foster on “Reconnecting NYS in an Era of Shrinkage”

UB Regional Institute Director, Kathryn A. Foster, presented "Wedding of the Waters' Revisited: Reconnecting New York State in an Era of Shrinkage" today at the Lehman Center in NYC. Her presentation offered a historic and current picture on the decline and growth of cities and regions throughout New York State.

Kate joined national and international scholars at the conference entitled “Shrinking Cities, Smaller Cities: Modern Crisis or New Path to Prosperity? Is smaller really better?” The conference explores the issue of declining populations across time periods and the associated social, economic and political impacts. The conference is free and open to the public.

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Uneven City Fortunes in New York State, 1880 to the Present

From 1880 to 1960, most cities in New York State experienced population growth, though shrinkage began for some after 1920. After 1960, the number of cities shrinking outnumbered those growing by 3 to 1, with growing places concentrated downstate or reliant on non-manufacturing sectors. These patterns solidified since 2000, with city growth found primarily in the reaches of New York City and along the Hudson.

Uneven City Fortunes in New York State, 1880 to the Present