Urban Sprawl: A Comprehensive Reference Guide

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - Political Science - 570 pages

Urban sprawl is an occurrence that has gained much national attention in recent years. It is not only an issue of land use, but also a legal, political, and social concern. It affects our schools, the environment, and race relations. Comprehensive enough for high school students and also appropriate for undergraduate students, this book delves into the challenges of urban sprawl by looking to some of America's top thinkers on the matter, including Robert Yaro, the President of the Regional Plan Association. Other cutting-edge articles include a preface about the emergence of sprawl by nationally syndicated columnist Neal Peirce, views about race and class by former mayor of Albuquerque David Rusk, and views from Curtis Johnson, president of the Citistates Group, about transportation dynamics. After reading a detailed definition of urban sprawl, students will then explore the dynamics, negative impact, analysis, other cross-cutting issues, and the agenda to deal with sprawl. Complete with a glossary, resources, and contact information for smart growth alliances, this book is extremely user-friendly even for students.

Soule offers an unbiased viewpoint of this national event, while still keeping the information accessible to students as well as those who have little background in the matter.

 

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Contents

Defining and Managing Sprawl
3
Historical Framework Cities and Their Regions Suburbanization and Federal Policies
12
Legal Framework The Laws of Sprawl and the Laws of Smart Growth
26
Planning Framework A Planning Framework for Managing Sprawl
61
Economic Framework The Economics of Sprawl
79
Social Framework Sprawl Race and Concentrated PovertyChanging the Rules of the Game
90
Social Framework Planning for a Civic SocietyInvesting in Social Infrastructure to Develop Social Capital
103
Political Framework The Politics of Sprawl
127
CROSSCUTTING ISSUES
328
Sprawl and Local Government Taxation Regimes Cause and Effect
330
Immigration Friend or Foe
349
POLICY PRESCRIPTIONS
358
Governing Complexity The Emergence of Regional Compacts
360
The Local Arena Changing Regulations and Standards to Address Sprawl
372
Greenspace and Natural Resource Preservation
389
Regional Equity and Smart Growth Opportunities for Advancing Social and Economic Justice in America
402

SPRAWL DYNAMICS
139
Real Estate Markets and Property Law
141
Transportation Systems Market Choices and Fair PricesFive Years of Twin Cities Research
147
Atlanta Metropatterns A Regional Agenda for Community and Stability
175
WHATS WRONG WITH SPRAWL?
212
Shared Freedom A Dynamic Standard for Equity in the Sprawl Debate
214
The Impact of Sprawl on the Environment and Human Health
235
The Cost of Sprawl
255
MEASURING AND ANALYZING SPRAWL
266
Measuring Change Databases BuildOut Analysis Scenario Planning and Models
268
Taking Democracy to Scale Tools for Planning at the Speed of Change
284
Conclusion
424
Database Resources
426
Web Sites for Sprawl Research
430
Contact Information for SmartGrowth Alliances
436
Ahwahnee Principles for ResourceEfficient Communities
440
Glossary
442
Comprehensive Bibliography
484
Index
544
About the Editor and Contributors
558
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David C. Soule is the associate director at the Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern Unversity where he condicts research on urban economic issues and tax policy and also teaches in the Political Science department. He is the principle advisor to the Regional Futures Institute of the National Association of Regional Councils, and a member of the Board of Directors and former officer of the Alliance for Regional Stewardship. Dr. Soule recently stepped down as executive director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) after more than 15 years of service. During his tenure, he oversaw the development of MetroPlan, a comprehensive paln for the future of the Boston metropolitan area. Prior to joining MAPC, he served as executive director of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission in Nashua, NH, for 7 years.

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