The City After Abandonment brings together essays from top urban planning experts to focus on policy and planning issues related to three questions. What are cities becoming after abandonment? What should abandoned areas of cities become? Assuming growth is not a choice, this book assesses widely cited formulas for addressing vacancy; analyzes sustainability plans of cities like Cleveland, Buffalo, Philadelphia, and Baltimore; suggests an urban design scheme for shrinking cities; and lays out ways policymakers and planners can approach the future through processes and ideas that differ from those in growing cities. This conversation took place among one of the book’s editors, Margaret Dewar, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan and three contributing authors: Robert A. Beauregard, Professor of Urban Planning in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University; Laura J. Lawson, Professor & Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; and Dale Thomson, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan-Dearborn.