New suburban communities have sprung up all over America, while industrial plants and other commercial districts in the inner city have been left to decay. Nowhere is this more evident than the midwestern United States, where newly formed communities have funneled jobs and income from the inner city. Generally known as sprawl, the problem is particularly acute in those metropolitan areas where deconcentration is taking place -- decline in the central city coupled with suburban growth. This process creates benefits in the suburbs, but also increasingly poses costs in the form of congestion and growing infrastructure costs. When Corporations Leave Town develops a consistent and comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of employment deconcentration, focusing on central cities and their suburbs.
Sprawl and deconcentration have become big issues in Vice President Albert Gore's presidential campaign, and are the subject of a growing number of policy initiatives, conferences, and research by organizations such as the Urban Land Institute, the National Homebuilders Associ