A Guide to Smart Growth:

Shattering Myths, Providing Solutions


Jane S. Shaw and Ronald D. Utt, editors
Preface by The Honorable Malcolm Wallop

"Urban sprawl" has become a top issue nationwide, trumping such mainstays as education and crime in many polls and contributing to the election of anti-sprawl politicians. Yet Americans continue to cite detached, single-family homes on ample lots as their ideal. Can these trends be reconciled?

Yes, but not without dispelling some common misconceptions about sprawl. A Guide to Smart Growth: Shattering Myths, Providing Solutions examines sprawl in detail, explaining which solutions work, which ones don't, and why.

Heritage Foundation
Washington D.C.
2000; 166 pp.

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Before joining PERC, Jane Shaw was a journalist who had developed an uneasy feeling that much of the commentary about environmental policy that she read--and even some that she wrote--was tilted in the wrong direction. The usual solution to an environmental problem was to turn it over to the government. She had become uncomfortable with this...
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