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

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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 are usually attributed to the triumph of a free market over urban planning. However, 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, and argues that since public policy set the landscape, it can help forge the future. The authors explore countermovements to use policies for greater social, economic, and environmental justice, and highlight practical lessons for policy makers and activists in Los Angeles and beyond.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816642977
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/2004
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction : making Southern California : public policy, markets, and the dynamic of growth 1
1 W(h)ither sprawl? : have regional water policies subsidized suburban development? 45
2 Environmental racism and urban development 71
3 Urban sprawl, racial separation, and federal housing policy 99
4 From the barrio to the 'burbs? : immigration and the dynamics of suburbanization 123
5 Where is the "region" in regional transportation planning? 151
6 Metropolitan fiscal structure : coping with growth and fiscal constraint 171
7 Federal expenditures, intrametropolitan poverty, and fiscal disparities between cities 195
8 The preservation of nature at the urban fringe 225
9 Can growth control escape fiscal and economic pressures? : city policy before and after the 1990s recession 255
10 Smart growth or smart growth machine? : the smart growth movement and its implications 279
11 Living on the edge : growth policy choices for Ventura County 309
12 The experimental metropolis : political impediments and opportunities for innovation 343
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