Incentives, Regulations and Plans

Incentives, Regulations and Plans

The Role of States and Nation-states in Smart Growth Planning

New Horizons in Regional Science series

Edited by Gerrit-Jan Knaap, Huibert A. Haccoû, Kelly J. Clifton and John W. Frece

This unique book allows readers to compare analyses of how North American states and European nation-states use incentives, regulations or plans to approach a core set of universal land use issues such as: containing sprawl, mixed use development, transit oriented development, affordable housing, healthy urban designs, and marketing smarter growth.

Conclusion: A Retrospective and a Call for More Trans-Atlantic Research

Gerrit-Jan Knaap and Huibert A. Haccoû

Subjects: urban and regional studies, urban studies


Gerrit-Jan Knaap and Huibert A. Haccoû To view the sprawl phenomenon at its simplest, said Pietro S. Nivola, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of Laws of the Landscape: How Policies Shape Cities in Europe and America (1999), one need only stand atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Empire State Building in New York City. From the former the city is surrounded by farms, but from the latter all you can see is megalopolis. This contrast, claims Nivola, reflects the influence of market forces and government policies, although geography, demographics and social factors such as crime have also played a role (El Nasser 2000). With this, it is fair to say, most students of land use in North America and Europe would agree. Despite such agreement, there is much on which the authors of these chapters disagree. Some view sprawl as the natural result of market forces while others view it as a clear case for public intervention. Some favor intervention by local governments; others favor intervention by states and nation-states. As instruments of intervention, some favor incentives, some favor regulations and some favor plans. Though short of providing a consensus view, these chapters offer new insights into each of these ideas. More importantly, perhaps, they provide a glimpse into the potential insights that could be gained through further trans-Atlantic research. The debate on urban containment offers a good example. Christine Bae argues that containment policies in the US have not...

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