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New visions for metropolitan America

Author: Anthony Downs
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution ; Cambridge, Mass. : Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, ©1994.
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For half a century America has had one dominant vision of how its metropolitan areas ought to grow and develop. This vision, best described as unlimited low-density sprawl, encompasses personal and social goals that most Americans cherish: a home in the suburbs, a car, good schools, and responsive local government. While Americans have been overwhelmingly successful in achieving these goals, that success has
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Downs, Anthony.
New visions for metropolitan America.
Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution ; Cambridge, Mass. : Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, ©1994
(DLC) 93047483
(OCoLC)29564003
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Downs
ISBN: 0585326568 9780585326566
OCLC Number: 45843820
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 256 pages) : illustrations
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.
Contents: Why we need a new vision --
Factors affecting growth --
Local growth management policies --
Links between central cities and suburbs --
Urban decline and inner-city problems --
Policy strategies for large cities --
Alternative visions of growth --
Elements of the alternative visions --
Offsetting fragmented land use powers --
The politics of choosing among visions.
Responsibility: Anthony Downs.

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