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Zoned Out: Regulation, Markets, and Choices in Transportation and Metropolitan Land-Use

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Researchers have responded to urban sprawl, congestion, and pollution by assessing alternatives such as smart growth, new urbanism, and transit-oriented development. Underlying this has been the presumption that, for these options to be given serious consideration as part of policy reform, science has to prove that they will reduce auto use and increase transit, walking, and other physical activity. Zoned Out forcefully argues that the debate about transportation and land-use planning in the United States has been distorted by a myth-the myth that urban sprawl is the result of a free market. According to this myth, low-density, auto-dependent development dominates U.S. metropolitan areas because that is what Americans prefer. <P>Jonathan Levine confronts the free market myth by pointing out that land development is already one of the most regulated sectors of the U.S. economy. Noting that local governments use their regulatory powers to lower densities, segregate different types of land uses, and mandate large roadways and parking lots, he argues that the design template for urban sprawl is written into the land-use regulations of thousands of municipalities nationwide. These regulations and the skewed thinking that underlies current debate mean that policy innovation, market forces, and the compact-development alternatives they might produce are often "zoned out" of our metropolitan areas.<P>In debunking the market myth, Levine articulates an important paradigm shift. Where people believe that current land-use development is governed by a free-market, any proposal for policy reform is seen as a market intervention and a limitation on consumer choice, and any proposal carries a highburden of scientific proof that it will be effective. By reorienting the debate, Levine shows that the burden of scientific proof that was the lynchpin of transportation and land-use debates has been misassigned, and that, far from impeding market forces or limiting consumer c

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Both advocates and opponents of compact development schemes often implicitly accept that the current zoning landscape that has led to current patterns of urban sprawl are the result of market forces. On the contrary, argues Levine (urban and regional planning, U. of Michigan), municipal regulation of zoning is in reality a form of market intervention that zones out alternative forms of development. While not advocating for a laissez-faire approach to land use, he nevertheless insists that allowing the current realities of municipal regulation the default market status in debates over transportation and development is uncalled for. Distributed in the US by Johns Hopkins U. Press.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Both advocates and opponents of compact development schemes often implicitly accept that the current zoning landscape that has led to current patterns of urban sprawl are the result of market forces. On the contrary, argues Levine (urban and regional planning, U. of Michigan), municipal regulation of zoning is in reality a form of market intervention that zones out alternative forms of development. While not advocating for a laissez-faire approach to land use, he nevertheless insists that allowing the current realities of municipal regulation the default market status in debates over transportation and development is uncalled for. Distributed in the US by Johns Hopkins U. Press. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781933115153
Author:
Levine, Jonathan
Publisher:
Resources for the Future
Subject:
Planning
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Cities and towns
Subject:
Growth
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
223
Dimensions:
9.29x6.21x.56 in. .78 lbs.

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