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New Urban Development: Looking Back to See Forward

New Urban Development: Looking Back to See Forward

by Claude Gruen

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The recent recession is one result of how local planning laws and practices have stifled competition, discouraged innovation, and artificially pushed up prices in America's most economically vibrant regions. Economist and consultant Claude Gruen unravels the story behind how these unintended consequences have resulted from the evolution of local zoning, growth controls, and laws intended to increase housing affordability.

New Urban Development traces how locally induced housing cost increases led federal policy-makers to toss out the safeguards against lending excesses that had been put in place during the 1930s. But the story begins much earlier, during the colonial era, continuing up through the mortgage collapse that ushered in the recession of 2008. In his sweeping history of these issues, Gruen considers gentrification, environmentalism, sprawl, anti-sprawl movements, and more. His clarification of how urban development change occurs backs up his recommendations for increasing the production of housing and replacing obsolete commercial and industrial spaces with development that serves the twenty-first-century economy. New Urban Development specifies thirteen changes to policies at the federal, state, and local levels to provide better and less expensive urban housing, desirable neighborhoods, and thriving workplaces across the country.

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ISBN-13: 9780813554198
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Edition description: First Paperback Edition
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

CLAUDE GRUEN, principal economist of Gruen Gruen + Associates, has published extensively on urban economics and land use policy.

Table of Contents


1 Constraints on Housing Additions Escalate Prices
2 Vitality from Growth and Freedom to Change
3 Encouraging the Expansion of Land Use... and Constraining It
4 Housing Market Structure
5 How Neighborhoods Change, Why Occupants Change Neighborhoods
6 The Turn against Expansion and Growth
7 Suburbanization and Sprawl
8 Urban Policies for the New Economy


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