Shaping Suburbia: How Political Institutions Organize Urban Development / Edition 1

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Overview

The American metropolis has been transformed over the past quarter century.  Cities have turned inside out, with rapidly growing suburbs evolving into edge cities and technoburbs.  But not all suburbs are alike.  In Shaping Suburbia, Paul Lewis argues that a fundamental political logic underlies the patterns of suburban growth and states that the key to understanding suburbia is to understand the local governments that control it - their number, functions, and power.  Using innovative models and data analyses, Lewis shows that the relative political fragmentation of a metropolitan area plays a key part in shaping its suburbs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822955955
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: Pitt Series in Policy and Institutional
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Acknowledgments
1 Shaping the New Suburbia: An Introduction 1
2 Actors, Preferences, and Political Institutions in Urban Development 23
3 Political Structure and Urban Outcomes: An Aggregate Analysis 48
4 The Institutional Context for Development in Two Regions: Comparing Portland and Denver 74
5 Denver: Suburban Assertiveness, Centrifugal Development 120
6 Portland: A Regionalized Politics Shapes Growth 162
7 Conclusion: Political Economy and Metropolitan Growth 208
App. 1 Metropolitan Areas in the Data Set 227
App. 2 Denver: The Setting 230
App. 3 Portland: The Setting 236
Notes 243
Bibliography 263
Index 281
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