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Quietly Shrinking Cities

Canadian Urban Population Loss in an Age of Growth

by (author) Maxwell Hartt

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2021
Urban, Regional Planning, City Planning & Urban Development, Human Geography
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At 5 percent, Canada’s population growth was the highest of all G7 countries when the most recent census was taken. But only a handful of large cities drove that growth, attracting human and monetary capital from across the country and leaving myriad social, economic, and environmental challenges behind. Quietly Shrinking Cities investigates this trend and the practical challenges associated with population loss in smaller urban centres. Maxwell Hartt meticulously demonstrates that shrinking cities need to rethink their planning and development strategies in response to a new demographic reality, questioning whether population loss and prosperity are indeed mutually exclusive.

About the author

Maxwell Hartt is a Lecturer of Spatial Planning in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University. Samantha Biglieri is a PhD Candidate in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo and is a Sessional Lecturer at the School of Urban & Regional Planning at Ryerson University. Mark W. Rosenberg is a Professor of Geography, and cross-appointed as a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Queen’s University. Sarah Nelson is a researcher in the Department of Geography at Queen’s University.

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Editorial Reviews

[Quietly Shrinking Cities] presents a meticulous study of why people leave a city or have fewer children, causing the population to decline.

National Post

Hartt explores the broad outlines of the [shrinking cities] phenomenon and searches for some of its causes, which include deindustrialization, globalization, and the rise of the tertiary economy in major centres. On the whole this is a well-written, companionable study.

BC Studies

Hartt presents a careful view of the current state of urban growth and suggests some possible outcomes for the future.

CHOICE Connect

Hartt shines a light on a phenomenon that many of us urban and housing nerds don't think about often.

Literary Review of Canada

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