City Bound: How States Stifle Urban Innovation

City Bound: How States Stifle Urban Innovation

by Gerald E. Frug
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801445140

ISBN-13: 9780801445149

Pub. Date: 10/28/2008

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Many major American cities are defying the conventional wisdom that suburbs are the communities of the future. But as these urban centers prosper, they increasingly confront significant constraints. In City Bound, Gerald E. Frug and David J. Barron address these limits in a new way. Based on a study of the differing legal structures of Boston, New York,

Overview

Many major American cities are defying the conventional wisdom that suburbs are the communities of the future. But as these urban centers prosper, they increasingly confront significant constraints. In City Bound, Gerald E. Frug and David J. Barron address these limits in a new way. Based on a study of the differing legal structures of Boston, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, and Seattle, City Bound explores how state law determines what cities can and cannot do to raise revenue, control land use, and improve city schools.

Frug and Barron show that state law can make it much easier for cities to pursue a global-city or a tourist-city agenda than to respond to the needs of middle-class residents or to pursue regional alliances. But they also explain that state law is often so outdated, and so rooted in an unjustified distrust of local decision making, that the legal process makes it hard for successful cities to develop and implement any coherent vision of their future. Their book calls not for local autonomy but for a new structure of state-local relations that would enable cities to take the lead in charting the future course of urban development. It should be of interest to everyone who cares about the future of American cities, whether political scientists, planners, architects, lawyers, or simply citizens.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801445149
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

Part I: CITY STRUCTURES
1. City Structures and Urban Theory
2. City Structures and Local Autonomy

Part II: SEVEN CITIES
3. Home Rule
4. Revenue and Expenditures
5. Land Use and Development
6. Education

Part III: CITY FUTURES
7. The Global City
8. The Tourist City
9. The Middle Class City
10. The Regional City

Conclusion
Notes
About the Authors
Index

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