Perverse Cities: Hidden Subsidies, Wonky Policy, and Urban Sprawl

Perverse Cities: Hidden Subsidies, Wonky Policy, and Urban Sprawl

by Pamela Blais

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Overview

Urban sprawl - low-density subdivisions and business parks, big box stores and mega-malls - has increasingly come to define city growth despite decades of planning and policy. In Perverse Cities, Pamela Blais argues that flawed public policies and mis-pricing create hidden, “perverse” subsidies and incentives that promote sprawl while discouraging more efficient and sustainable urban forms - clearly not what most planners and environmentalists have in mind. She makes the case for accurate pricing and better policy to curb sprawl and shows how this can be achieved in practice through a range of market-oriented tools that promote efficient, sustainable cities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774818964
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface 1 The Price of Sprawl Part 1: The Planning Problem 2 Sprawl: A Planning Problem 3 The Costs and Benefits of Sprawl Part 2: The Problem with Planning 4 The Costs and Benefits of Planning 5 How Do Our Cities Grow? Plans versus Reality 6 Prices Drive Sprawl Part 3: Subsidies, Cross-Subsidies, and Mis-Incentives: How Public Policy Finances Sprawl 7 Municipal Services: Costs and Prices 8 Network Services: Costs and Prices 9 Housing, Infrastructure, and Energy: More Mis-Pricing and Mis-Incentives 10 Driving Sprawl: Pricing and Policy Mis-Incentives Part 4: What to Do 11 Principles for a Market-Oriented Approach 12 A Toolbox of Market-Oriented Instruments 13 Perverse Subsidies, Perverse Cities Notes Bibliography Index

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David Amborski

This highly practical book will give urban policy makers a better understanding of the implications of a number of tools available to them. It is a welcome addition to the debate over the use of regulatory policy as opposed to tax/subsidy measures to address land use issues and outcomes. .

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"This highly practical book will give urban policy makers a better understanding of the implications of a number of tools available to them. It is a welcome addition to the debate over the use of regulatory policy as opposed to tax/subsidy measures to address land use issues and outcomes. ."—David Amborski, Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University

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