THE RISE AND DECLINE OF THE "SMART GROWTH" CRUSADE

In 1999, the Sierra Club mounted a major anti-sprawl campaign in the hope of creating a movement that would catch the attention of politicians and lead to stricter growth controls. However, one year later, the crusade for smart growth appears to have lost steam. Opinion surveys find no sign of a grassroots sentiment in support of growth controls. On the contrary, people seem to find the sprawling suburbs eminently livable despite lengthy commutes. Nor do demographic data show any changes in metropolitan development patterns. A study by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released June 12, 2000, shows that the booming "New Economy" is fueling dispersal to the outer edges of metropolitan areas as never before. Three case studies--Maryland's smart growth policy, New Jersey's growth control efforts, and housing demand figures from the HUD study--illustrate the widening gap between the rhetoric of smart growth crusaders and the realities of metropolitan growth.

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    Urban Mobility Corporation

    1634 I Street, NW, Suite 500
    Washington, DC  United States  20006-4003
  • Publication Date: 2000-7

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  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 2 p.
  • Serial:
    • Innovation Briefs
    • Volume: 11
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Urban Mobility Corporation
    • ISSN: 1071-393X

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  • Accession Number: 00795736
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 27 2000 12:00AM