International Handbook of Urban Policy, Volume 1
Show Less

International Handbook of Urban Policy, Volume 1

Contentious Global Issues

  • Elgar original reference

Edited by H. S. Geyer

This first Handbook in a series of three original reference works looks at globally contentious urban policy issues from a wide variety of different angles and perspectives. Matters related to urban densification, population mobility, urban inequality and sustainability are analysed in a manner that will not only interest the advanced student but also the novice.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details

Chapter 12: Smart Growth as ‘New’ Metropolitan Governance: Observations on US Experience

G. O. Braun and J. W. Scott

Extract

12 Smart growth as ‘new’ metropolitan governance: observations on US experience G.O. Braun and J.W. Scott Introduction The ‘smart growth’ (SG) movement in North America, and especially in the United States, is an example of metropolitan planning informed by global paradigms of sustainable development. At the same time, SG is also an example of how global governance and sustainability paradigms are being translated locally into practice. SG can be described as a set of urban development practices that has emerged from US (and, to an extent, Canadian) policy experience since the 1970s. As a ‘continental’ agenda, SG can be understood as a comprehensive strategy of regional sustainability that suggests that economic efficiency, environmental protection, a high quality of life and social equity can be achieved through concerted and negotiated land-use polices. Among other things, SG envisions compact development and redevelopment of existing cores, reduced suburban sprawl and transit-oriented land use. Furthermore – and significantly – SG strives to offer urban living and the advantages of proximity to services and amenities to an increasing portion of the population. SG has evolved out of governance quandaries in North American urban regions: these have been characterized by a continued trend towards political fragmentation and local no-growth policies, exacerbated in the United States by a remarkable increase in plebiscitary planning initiatives. These, in turn, have served to facilitate sprawl in outlying areas, drastically increase housing prices in more attractive suburbs and detract from coherent attempts to address sprawl-related issues. The spatial contradictions of...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.


Further information

or login to access all content.