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Author Nivola, Pietro S.
Title Laws of the landscape : how policies shape cities in Europe and America / Pietro S. Nivola.
Imprint Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution, 1999.

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Author Nivola, Pietro S.
Series Brookings metro series
Brookings metro series.
Subject Cities and towns -- United States -- Growth.
Urbanization -- United States.
Suburbs -- United States.
Cities and towns -- Europe -- Growth.
Urbanization -- Europe.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 126 pages) : illustrations.
polychrome. rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Big and turbulent -- 3. The not-so-invisible hand -- 4. So what? -- 5. Shopworn solutions -- 6. Eight suggestions -- 7. Summing up.
Note Print version record.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Summary Annotation For decades, concerns have been raised about the consequences of relentless suburban expansion in the United States. But so far, government programs to control urban sprawl have had little effect in slowing it down, much less stopping it. In this book, Pietro S. Nivola raises important questions about the continued suburbanization of America: Is suburban growth just the result of market forces, or have government policies helped induce greater sprawl? How much of the government intervention has been undesirable, and what has been beneficial? And, if suburban growth is to be controlled, what changes in public policies would be not only effective, but practical? Nivola addresses these questions by comparing sprawling U.S. metropolitan areas to compact development patterns in Europe. He contrasts the effects of traditional urban programs, as well as "accidental urban policies" that have a profound if commonly unrecognized impact on cities, including national tax systems, energy conservation efforts, agricultural supports, and protection from international commerce. Nivola also takes a hard look at the traditional solutions of U.S. urban policy agenda involving core-area reconstruction projects, mass transit investments, "smart" growth controls, and metropolitan organizational rearrangements, and details the reasons why they often don't work. He concludes by recommending reforms for key U.S. policies--from taxes to transportation to federal regulations--based on the successes and failures of the European experience. Brookings Metropolitan Series.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
ISBN 0585032009 (electronic bk.)
9780585032009 (electronic bk.)
9780815760818 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 42854464
Additional Format Print version: Nivola, Pietro S. Laws of the landscape. Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution, 1999 0815760817 (DLC) 98058140 (OCoLC)40543012
Table of Contents
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2Big and Turbulent4
Ch. 3The Not-So-Invisible Hand12
Ch. 4So What?35
Ch. 5Shopworn Solutions52
Ch. 6Eight Suggestions65
Ch. 7Summing Up88

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