Up against the Sprawl: Public Policy and the Making of Southern California / Edition 1

Up against the Sprawl: Public Policy and the Making of Southern California / Edition 1

by Jennifer Wolch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816642982

ISBN-13: 9780816642984

Pub. Date: 08/16/2004

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

America's first truly twenty-first-century metropolis, Los Angeles is often depicted as diverse, fragmented, polarized, and ungovernable, a city without a unifying geographic center or civic culture. The sprawling evolution of the city and its infamous problems-traffic, pollution, growing inequality-are usually attributed to a Wild West version of capitalism-the

Overview

America's first truly twenty-first-century metropolis, Los Angeles is often depicted as diverse, fragmented, polarized, and ungovernable, a city without a unifying geographic center or civic culture. The sprawling evolution of the city and its infamous problems-traffic, pollution, growing inequality-are usually attributed to a Wild West version of capitalism-the triumph of an unregulated free market over comprehensive urban planning. But market choices and lack of planning did not set the terrain of Southern California: Los Angeles has been profoundly shaped by a wide range of local, state, and federal public policies and programs.Up against the Sprawl details how governmental policies and public agencies have dictated many aspects of the region's growth: infrastructure, transportation, housing, immigration, finances, civic and regional administration, the environment. The authors also argue that since public policy set the landscape, it can help forge the future. They explore countermovements by progressive activists to use innovative policies-from smart growth initiatives to the actions of living wage advocates-for greater social, economic, and environmental justice. This book is a major contribution to our understanding of past and present urban processes and policy, and highlights practical lessons for urban and regional policy makers and activists in Los Angeles and beyond. Contributors: Carolyn B. Aldana, California State U, San Bernadino; Carol S. Armstrong; Michael Dear, U of Southern California; Gary Dymski, U of California Riverside; Steven P. Erie, USC; Gregory Freeman; William Fulton; Elizabeth Gearin, USC; Genevieve Giuliano, USC; Pascale Joassart-Marcelli, U of Massachusetts, Boston; Enrico A. Marcelli; Myra A. Marks, Loyola Marymount U; Juliet Musso, USC; Stephanie Pincetl, USC; Laura Pulido; Christine M. Ryan; John P. Wilson. Jennifer Wolch is professor of geography and director of the Center for Sustainable Cities at the University of Southern California. Manuel Pastor Jr. is professor of Latino and Latin American studies and director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Peter Dreier is Clapp Distinguished Professor and director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Program at Occidental College.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816642984
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
08/16/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.96(w) x 9.62(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction. Making Southern California: Public Policy, Markets, and the Dynamics of Growth1
Part I.Policy Pathways
1.W(h)ither Sprawl? Have Regional Water Policies Subsidized Suburban Development?45
2.Environmental Racism and Urban Development71
3.Urban Sprawl, Racial Separation, and Federal Housing Policy99
Part II.Up against the Sprawl
4.From the Barrio to the 'Burbs? Immigration and the Dynamics of Suburbanization123
5.Where Is the "Region" in Regional Transportation Planning?151
6.Metropolitan Fiscal Structure: Coping with Growth and Fiscal Constraint171
7.Federal Expenditures, Intrametropolitan Poverty, and Fiscal Disparities between Cities195
8.The Preservation of Nature at the Urban Fringe225
Part III.Which Way L.A.?
9.Can Growth Control Escape Fiscal and Economic Pressures? City Policy before and after the 1990s Recession255
10.Smart Growth or Smart Growth Machine? The Smart Growth Movement and Its Implications279
11.Living on the Edge: Growth Policy Choices for Ventura County309
12.The Experimental Metropolis: Political Impediments and Opportunities for Innovation343
Contributors373
Index377

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