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What’s a Small City Mayor To Do When Things Fall Apart? Normative Limits in Modern Urban Theory

Published in PAQ, Vol. 31 No. 3

Urban theories are built upon an understanding garnered from studying larger cities and major metropolitan areas. In this article, we examine use a case study that focuses on the political and managerial challenges faced by a smaller metropolitan area under conditions of rapid growth and demographic change. The case provides a foil for the normative components of urban theory and we offer a contrast between prescription and the insights provided by the case.

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