Hot Towns : The Future of the Fastest Growing Communities in America

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This text focuses on the growth of American towns - boom towns that grow in jobs and population at two or three times the national average. It examines the choices that people make to accommodate growth and ensure their economic future, and demonstrates how to protect the area from deteriorating.

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Hot Towns is about the current, vast national relocation of one million Americans a year, who take with them assets greater than the entire real estate value of New York City. Successful, accomplished, and well-financed people of all ages are moving to communities they view as choice- places distinguished by fine climate, physical beauty, abundant natural recreation resources, and minimal social problems and low crime. These American boom towns, Peter Wolf writes, have grown in jobs and population at two to three times the national average. But warning signs of deterioration are already evident: overbuilding, failing natural resources, rising taxes, and traffic congestion are all taking a toll on these communities. Rapid migration can enhance or swamp America's fastest growing and most desirable communities. Wolf argues that people in these areas can make choices that will accommodate growth while ensuring a desirable future. Wise managers and residents of a growth town will realize that what must be preserved is not the growth in and for itself, but the qualities that attract people in the first place. Wolf demonstrates how it is possible- even during a town's rapid expansion- to enhance the quality of residents' lives, to incorporate aesthetics and design into town evolution, to protect what is precious in nature, and to preserve the best that has already been built. Wolf concludes with a practical checklist for the residents of hot towns, allowing them to evaluate how their communities are coping with growth.

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Peter Wolf is a nationally recognized land planning, asset management, and urban policy authority, and manages his own investment advisory firm. He is chairman of the board of trustees of the Van Alen Institute and the author of The Future of the City and Land in America.

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