Growth Management Theory

From the Garden City to Smart Growth

Authored by: Jill L. Grant

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Theory

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138905016
eBook ISBN: 9781315696072
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Growth is a central theme in city planning. But growth creates both opportunities and concerns. Political and business interests typically crave growth as a sign of local success and potential prosperity. Residents might resent growth because of concerns about congestion, loss of open space, and rapid change in urban environments. The proponents and opponents of growth equally seek solutions to problems of gridlock, escalating housing costs, and the quality of urban development. Governments often want growth, but need to manage the externalities it generates. Planners sell planning with the promise of offering tools to shape the amount, character, and location of growth. In practice, growth might have a logic of its own: challenging to achieve and difficult to manage.

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