Stuck in a Policy Blindspot: America’s First Suburbs in Transition

Robert Puentes

April 23, 2006

In this presentation at the American Planning Association’s Annual Meeting in San Antonio Texas, Robert Puentes discusses the challenges of older, inner-ring “first” suburbs. In it, he argues that first suburbs are caught in a policy blindspot between the benefaction long directed toward central cities for problems like housing and economic investment and the new attention being lavished on fast-growing outer suburbs, where demands for new infrastructure and services take precedence.

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