Saving the Cities: How to Make America's Urban Core Sustainable in the Twenty-first Century
March 1, 2013
William H. Kniep Courtroom
Described as the "case study of urban decline" in the 2009 book Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City, the City of St. Louis typifies the decades-long national struggle of urban decay. Recognizing that the current crisis is the result of economic and demographic changes, as well as poor planning and mismanagement, this conference will bring together academics, practitioners, governmental officials and nonprofit leaders to engage in an honest discussion about how to revitalize the country's urban core. The impending relocation of the Saint Louis University School of Law to downtown St. Louis provides a unique opportunity to engage in a discussion about how cities can be revived through sustainability efforts and a focus on building a modern infrastructure for adequate education, employment and housing.