Non-cooperation and spatial inequality in the Youngstown area

Authors: Moira ONeill*, Kent State University
Topics: Economic Geography, Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Urban governance, spatial inequality
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Hampton Room, Omni, East
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In an effort to reverse its fortunes, urban economic development activity across the Youngstown area in eastern Ohio has given rise to a complex pattern of investment that reflects the priorities of a multitude of community stakeholders – governments, businesses, local institutions, and residents. While this requires cooperation, a series of interviews suggests that economic development strategies have instead been heavily influenced by ward-based-politics, past corruption, short-term political incentives, and entrenched interest groups. The result has been chronic coordination failure among stakeholders and a fractured investment landscape, which undermines the redevelopment process and reinforces economic disparities between neighborhoods. This study demonstrates how non-cooperative decision paradigms, like game theory, may help to explain spatial inequality in urban areas more broadly.

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