A Guide to Smart Growth : Shattering Myths, Providing Solutions

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During the last half of the 20th Century the pursuit of the American Dream includes the quest for open space. The result is the suburbanization of America as people leave the city for the fresh air and better schools as well as less traffic and fewer people. Editors Jane Shaw and Ron Utt examine the public policy implications of America's race to the suburbs. Full chapters are devoted to issues such as zoning law reform, traffic congestion and the free market vs. government solutions to suburban sprawl. Also included are in-depth analyses of the lessons learned from smart growth initiatives in Atlanta and Portland.

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"Urban sprawl" and its proposed solution, "smart growth," have become top issues nationwide this year. The newly published A Guide to Smart Growth: Shattering Myths, Providing Solutions distinguishes between real and imagined causes of sprawl and explores which solutions work, which don't, and why. Editors Jane Shaw and Ronald Utt are joined by eight other analysts from around the country to dispel some of the common misconceptions about sprawl. They argue that communities trying to curb sprawl should avoid top-down, one-size-fits-all directives that fail to appreciate the great diversity of American communities. Instead, they should strive for locally-created, market-driven solutions. The Arizona Republic -- published in Phoenix, where sprawl is a constant topic -- calls it "...a sassy new book on growth issues."

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Jane S. Shaw is a Senior Associate at PERC in Bozeman, Montana. She writes and edits articles and books and directs PERC's conferences for journalists and business executives. She is co-author with Michael Sanera of Facts, Not Fear: Teaching Children about the Environment. She has lectured around the country on environmental issues and their treatment in the schools and by the media. Before joining PERC, she was an associate economics editor of Business Week, and was previously a correspondent for McGraw-Hill Publications in Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

Ronald D. Utt is a Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, where he researches national policies for transportation, housing, infrastructure, urban revitalization, and natural resources. Utt specializes in the application of privatization, restructuring, decentralization, and devolution to federal programs. In 1987 and 1988, Utt served as the first Director of Privatization at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan.

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