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Boom & Bust: A Guide to managing ups and downs in communities

Boom and Bust: A Guide
Written and edited by Kristof Van Assche, Leith Deacon, Monica Gruezmacher, Robert J. Summers, Stéphane Lavoie, Kevin Edson Jones, Michael Granzow, Lars Hallstrom, and John Parkings
Faculty of Extension, 2016

Boom and Bust: A Guide is the result of a collective effort at the University of Alberta to better understand the dramatic ups and downs which too often characterize western Canadian communities. It offers community leaders, politicians, administrators, academics, students, and all active citizens helpful techniques to analyze the current state of their own community, understand how it got where it is today, and ultimately, identify possible ways forward. This helpful and accessible guide encourages analysis of historical paths and policy contexts to better understand what strategies might work (or not) in a community.

Published by the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension, with funding support from the City-Region Studies Centre and the Kule Institute for Advanced Study.

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City-Regions in Prospect? Exploring points between place and process

City-Regions in Prospect? Exploring Points between Place and Practice
Edited by Kevin Jones, Alex Lord, and Rob Shields
McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015

How should the metropolis be governed? What is the appropriate scale to consider and organize local governance and communities? Bringing together an interdisciplinary and international body of scholarly work, City-Regions in Prospect? explores the city-region as both an evolving concept and as a growing area of planning practice. Contributors raise critical questions about the ways in which governance reform is being reshaped and whether current trends towards rescaling and rebounding cities actually address local challenges of urbanization and globalization. These essays highlight the tensions and uncertainties between the city-region as a concept and the experiences of local communities when municipal policies are applied. Proposing a challenge to scholars and municipal leaders to account for flexibility, adaptability to local contexts, social robustness, and community engagement, City-Regions in Prospect? Captures the growing relevance and importance of cities in a rapidly urbanizing world.

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