Can the United States adopt smart growth policies before it's too late?
The United States is in the midst of a crisis of energy consumption and environmental degradation. This crisis is masked by our vibrant economy, high standard of living, and abundant land, but as our population continues to grow and our cities continue to sprawl, the costs of current development policies will become ...
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Table of Contents
Smart Growth in a Changing World
What Are the Nation’s Future Growth Trends?
The Runaway American Dream
Transportation in Multi-City Regions
Alternate Futures for the Seven-County Orlando Region
Reinventing Megalopolis: The Northeast Megaregion
Natural Hazards and Regional Design
Smart Growth in Cities and Towns
America’s Future and Federal Smart Growth Policies
About the Authors
More than half the world's people now live in urban areas. This trend continues to accelerate, with a large majority of new jobs and residents predicted to be in "super regions" or "megalopolises" in the next 50 years. The future of the world's children now, more than ever, depends on the success of our urban areas in meeting their needs. Smart growth, when it works, involves recognizing these and other emerging social and market trends to help our neighborhoods, towns, cities, and regions grow better. This collection of essays and studies adds significantly to the growing debate concerning how smart growth concepts may, or should, play out at the super regional scale through a host of complex issues, including environmental preservation, transportation infrastructure, land-use policy, and economic and social equity, to ensure our urban areas meet the needs of the world's current and future generations. Robert J. Grow, Founding Chair Emeritus of Envision Utah
Jonathan Barnett has his finger on the pulse of growth trends in America. This book provides insight into strategies and policies that, if embraced, will positively impact the way we grow. Chandra Foreman, Principal Planner for Polk County, Florida, and Chair of APA's Planning and the Black Community Division