(107) New Metropolis

A two-part film documentary about America`s aging “inner ring” or “first” suburbs as they are called was released recently.  The piece is called The New Metropolis and was intended to get dialogue going about the future of these places.  A lot of these older suburbs have been losing population and economic viability at a time when the economy is not great and their physical infrastructure, public and private alike, is aging and in need of major investment, or even outright replacement.  The link below provides more information on the film and supporting video from its website.  Well worth a look.  The second and third links are from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area where the older suburbs are experiencing exactly the kind of change described in the movie.
New Metropolis site 
Declining suburbs: Twin Cities-area project focuses on how to revitalize these communities 
Daily Planet
Twin Cities suburb growth becomes thing of the past StarTribune Local