Date of Award

Spring 2019

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Urban Studies

First Advisor

Garth Myers


Cleveland, while having experienced some growth and regeneration in the 21st Century, still experiences some of the salient characteristics of the "shrinking city." It continues to slowly lose population. Metropolitan-level economic growth remains elusive. Its status as a shrinking city and metropolitan region has consequences for its systems of infrastructure, especially its regional system of airports. This study illustrates how shrinking cities theory applies to Cleveland's airport system. Namely, the airport system has experienced challenges associated with maintaining substantial levels of flight operations in addition to having experienced certain financial challenges since 2000. This study then theorizes how a plan for smart decline in the airport system can mitigate some of these challenges while also supporting dynamic land uses throughout the Cleveland region.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies.