Custodians of Place: Governing the Growth and Development of Cities

Custodians of Place: Governing the Growth and Development of Cities

by Paul G. Lewis, Max Neiman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1589012569

ISBN-13: 9781589012561

Pub. Date: 03/13/2009

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

Custodians of Place provides a new theoretical framework that accounts for how different types of cities arrive at decisions about residential growth and economic development. Lewis and Neiman surveyed officials in hundreds of California cities of all sizes and socioeconomic characteristics to account for differences in local development policies. This book shows

Overview

Custodians of Place provides a new theoretical framework that accounts for how different types of cities arrive at decisions about residential growth and economic development. Lewis and Neiman surveyed officials in hundreds of California cities of all sizes and socioeconomic characteristics to account for differences in local development policies. This book shows city governments at the center of the action in shaping their destinies, frequently acting as far-sighted trustees of their communities.

They explain how city governments often can insulate themselves for the better from short-term political pressures and craft policy that builds on past growth experiences and future vision. Findings also include how conditions on the ground -- local commute times, housing affordability, composition of the local labor force -- play an important role in determining the approach a city takes toward growth and land use. What types of cities tend to aggressively pursue industrial or retail firms? What types of cities tend to favor housing over business development? What motivates cities to try to slow residential growth? Custodians of Place answers these and many other questions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589012561
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
03/13/2009
Series:
American Governance and Public Policy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction: Contingent Trusteeship and the Local Governance of Growth

2. The Context for Local Choices: Growth Pressures, Fiscal Incentives, and the California Setting

3. What Type of City to Be? Evaluating Different Kinds of Growth

4. The Vision Thing: Pursuing a Future Ideal

5. Firm Ground: Competing for Businesses and Jobs

6. Hustle or Balancing Act? Regulating Residential Growth

7. Custodians of Place: Systemic Representation in Local Governance

Appendix A: The Consistency of "Visions" with Other Officials' Views: Comparing Responses across Surveys

Appendix B: Detailed Results of Multivariate Analyses

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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