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Smarter Growth: Market-Based Strategies for Land-Use Planning in the 21st Century

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At the transition from the 20th to the 21st Century, land use planning and growth management have become two of the most controversial issues in state and local government policy. Primarily the province of local government until the 1970s, state governments have become increasingly involved in land use planning. In the 1990s Vice President Gore's promotion of Smart Growth has brought it into the national arena, while President Clinton has devoted considerable time to land use, land preservation, and urban ...

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Overview

At the transition from the 20th to the 21st Century, land use planning and growth management have become two of the most controversial issues in state and local government policy. Primarily the province of local government until the 1970s, state governments have become increasingly involved in land use planning. In the 1990s Vice President Gore's promotion of Smart Growth has brought it into the national arena, while President Clinton has devoted considerable time to land use, land preservation, and urban development issues. Critically examining government land use policies and arguments supporting them, the contributors explore market alternatives to government land use planning.

Despite the apparent popularity of government restrictions on land use, the scholars writing for this volume advocate a more market-based approach. Showing that the problems of sprawling development have been misunderstood and overstated, they argue that land use policy can be better improved through market mechanisms than by the central planning of land use bureaucracies.

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RANDALL G. HOLCOMBE is DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University. He is also Chairman of the Research Advisory Council of the James Madison Institute, a Tallahassee-based think tank specializing in issues facing state governments. The author of eight books, his primary areas of research are public finance and economic analysis of policy issues.

SAMUEL R. STALEY is Director of the Urban Futures Program at Reason Public Policy Institute in Los Angeles. He is the author of The Sprawling of America: In Defense of the Dynamic City, A Line in the Land: Urban-Growth Boundaries, Smart Growth, and Housing Affordability, The "Vanishing Farmland" Myth and the Smart Growth Agenda.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Land-Use Planning: An Overview of the Issues 1
2 An Overview of U.S. Urbanization and Land-Use Trends 13
3 The Geography of Transportation and Land Use 27
4 Congestion and Traffic Management 59
5 Air Quality, Density, and Environmental Degradation 79
6 National Land-Use Planning Through Environmental Policy 95
7 Regionalism and the Growth Management Movement 113
8 Growth Management in Action: The Case of Florida 131
9 Urban Density and Sprawl: An Historic Perspective 155
10 Property Rights in a Complex World 179
11 Markets, Smart Growth, and the Limits of Policy 201
12 Infrastructure Provision in a Market-Oriented Framework 219
13 Fixing the Dysfunctional Central City 235
14 Policy Implications 251
References 267
Index 283
About the Editors and Contributors 289
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