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Thursday, April 5 • 1:30pm - 2:55pm
TH1.30.18 Rust and Shine: Post-Industrial Redevelopment and the Growth Imperative

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Utilizing case studies from a variety of metropolitan and regional contexts, this panel examines the causes and consequences of popular growth strategies as deployed in the post-industrial landscape. Labeled part of the “Rust Belt” in the U.S. and saddled with its narrative of decline, these communities utilize a variety of techniques to adapt to the service-oriented urban political economy. The authors consider how cultural forms of development practice, heritage tourism or investment inspired by the theories of Richard Florida for example, impact local economies and alter the physical and social capital of communities. Papers, covering an urban scope from large to small, highlight the remarkable sameness of growth strategies regardless of community size.

Moderator: Alex Sayf Cummings, Georgia State University 

The Outsiders: The Limits of Growth Strategies for Small Cities in Rural Regions
Brian Tochterman, Northland College

The Promise – and Peril – of Creative Placemaking: Collaboration and Contestation in Post-Industrial Milwaukee 
Michael Carriere, Milwaukee School of Engineering

When the Coal Mines Close: Memory and Representation Outside of Pittsburgh and Hauts-de-France 
David Schalliol, St. Olaf College

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David Schalliol, St. Olaf College

Associate Professor
David Schalliol is an associate professor of sociology at St. Olaf College who explores the transformation of urban centers through mixed-methodology projects. His writing and photographs have appeared in such publications as MAS Context, the New York Times, and Social Science Research... Read More →


Thursday April 5, 2018 1:30pm - 2:55pm EDT
Willow Centre (Mezzanine Floor)