Situated in the heart of Westchester County, White Plains is one of the most prominent commercial centers of the New York suburbs. This modern edge city has always been struggling to find its regional identity among a sea of cookie-cutter suburbs, a growing population, and changing personal tastes and social patterns. In the 1960s and 1970s, urban renewal projects in White Plains promised to revitalize the city that had recently seen the departure of many hometown businesses to nearby corporate campuses, but the disastrous results of these promising projects almost destroyed the city entirely. Today, White Plains has risen from the dark days of urban renewal to become an a place where surrounding residents not only work and shop, but also live and play.
This paper was written at Cornell University under the guidance of Professor Michael Tomlan in the Department of City and Regional Planning, Fall 2008.