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Title: Revitalizing neighbourhoods in decline: proposing a land bank authority for Saint John
Author: Kliffer, Jody
Subject Keywords population loss;population decline;economic decline;inner-city poverty;low-income neighbourhoods;post-industrial cities
Issue Date: 2010-04
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2011-09-15
Abstract: This study looks at the opportunity for establishing a land bank authority in Saint John, New Brunswick. The City of Saint John has experienced population loss, economic decline and an increase of inner-city poverty over the past 20 years. As the decline of some low-income neighbourhoods worsens, the need for a new strategy to tackle the problem has become more apparent. A land bank authority is a tool that has been used in other declining post-industrial cities to mitigate the repercussions of population and economic loss, such as widespread property and neighbourhood abandonment. This research draws on the examples of Flint, Michigan and Baltimore, Maryland as relevant examples of cities that have recently implemented land bank authorities. This study concludes with arguments in support of a land bank authority for the City of Saint John, and offers a series of recommendations to facilitate the transition from the current system to the recommended land bank.
Affiliation: Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), School of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/37364
Peer Review Status: Unreviewed

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