- Fiscal trends for 522 central cities
- Those cities that are able to expand through annexation or consolidation, are far healthier than the inelastic, boundary-choked cities
- Economic Costs of Urban Sprawl
- Elasticity is Fiscal Fate
- Today’s Winners Become Tomorrow’s Losers
David Rusk, is a leading American regionalist who combines scholarship with practical political experience. Rusk’s articles have been published in numerous papers including the New York Times, Washington Post and Newsday.. His largest journalistic undertaking was Renewing Our Community: The Rusk Report on the Future of Greater York. Rusk has not only traveled and lectured across the United States but also in such foreign cities as Berlin, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Delft, and Toronto.
David Rusk, focused on specific trends in host communities and states. Fiscal trends for 522 central cities and 320 metro areas and urban sprawl in 396 urbanized areas. He has studied poverty-impacted census tracts in over 70 metropolitan areas. Beyond analyzing census data, Rusk prepares for local talks by reviewing numerous local studies, reports, and recent newspaper articles as well as brief community tours on arrival.
Rusk’s central themes are that for five decades two factors have shaped urban America’s development patterns – sprawl and race — and that “elastic” cities, those able to expand through annexation or consolidation, are far healthier than the inelastic, boundary-choked cities of the Northeast and Midwest. He advocates new state laws to require regional land use planning, regional revenue sharing, and regional “fair share” affordable houses to counter the decline of inelastic central cities and many older, inner suburbs.