The report proceeds along the following lines. First, a legal overview of the foundations of urban redevelopment policies is presented, emphasizing the decentralized nature of the U.S. system and the growing reliance on third-party intermediaries between the public and the private sectors. Second, a historical narrative harnesses the argument that American culture is baised toward privatism to chronicle the origins and evolution of contemporary urban redevelopment policy from Depression Era initiatives through the impact of deindustrialization to the rise of the entrepreneurial state. This is succeeded by an introduction to a selection of the primary strategies employed in redevelopment and revitalization and a section on the use of indicators in evaluating urban decline and recovery. The report concludes with the delineation of a typology of case studies that will inform the selection of case studies for future research.