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Nivola addresses these questions by comparing sprawling U.S. metropolitan areas to compact development patterns in Europe. He contrasts the effects of traditional urban programs, as well as "accidental urban policies" that have a profound if commonly unrecognized impact on cities, including national tax systems, energy conservation efforts, agricultural supports, and protection from international commerce.
Nivola also takes a hard look at the traditional solutions of U.S. urban policy agenda involving core-area reconstruction projects, mass transit investments, "smart" growth controls, and metropolitan organizational rearrangements, and details the reasons why they often don't work. He concludes by recommending reforms for key U.S. policies--from taxes to transportation to federal regulations--based on the successes and failures of the European experience.
Brookings Metropolitan Series
|Ch. 2||Big and Turbulent||4|
|Ch. 3||The Not-So-Invisible Hand||12|
|Ch. 4||So What?||35|
|Ch. 5||Shopworn Solutions||52|
|Ch. 6||Eight Suggestions||65|
|Ch. 7||Summing Up||88|