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Solving Sprawl

Models Of Smart Growth In Communities Across America

Natural Resources Defense Council


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Solving Sprawl shines a spotlight on American communities that are applying smart growth principles in successfully addressing the problem of sprawl. It offers examples that illustrate key concepts and tells the story of how this new approach to development has caught hold across America. It reports the good news that successful smart-growth developments can now be found throughout the country, with communities large and small implementing a wide array of innovative solutions.
The book details 35 diverse smart-growth stories from around the United States and celebrates those who are leading the way in solving sprawl –state and local officials who have embraced new forms of development, corporations who are choosing to redevelop abandoned city properties rather than build new corporate campuses on undeveloped land, faith-based organizations that have been instrumental in redeveloping inner-city neighborhoods, visionary architects and planners who are showing how to design communities and regions that solve sprawl. Each chapter showcases a wide variety of solutions with projects of all sizes in urban, suburban, and exurban settings including Adidas Village in Portland, Oregon; the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.; Quality Hill in Kansas City, Kansas; Suisun City redevelopment in Suisun City, California; growth control initiatives in Boulder, Colorado; Pearl Lake in Almira Township, Michigan; and more.
Interspersed throughout are sidebars that offer additional examples and reminders of the sprawl-related environmental and social problems that smart growth helps overcome. The book also includes a glossary of planning terms and land-use concepts.
Instead of obliterating our countryside while jeopardizing our financial reserves and weakening our social bonds, we are learning how to develop and grow in ways that better reflect our values. Solving Sprawl brings a renewed sense of hope and inspiration about smart growth and its potential for creating a more livable country.

Island Press, 9781559634328, 212pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2003

About the Author

F. Kaid Benfield is an environmental attorney and the Director of smart growth and transportation policy for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC. He has also served the organization as Director of its Land Program, Director of its forestry and agriculture projects, and Legal Affairs Coordinator. Prior to coming to NRDC, Kaid worked at the U.S. Department of Justice and in private legal practice. He is a graduate of Emory University and Georgetown University Law Center and the author of numerous publications related to environmental law and policy, including the books Once There Were Greenfields: How Urban Sprawl Is Undermining America's Environment, Economy and Social Fabric (with Matthew D. Raimi and Donald D. T. Chen, 1999) and Reaping the Revenue Code: Why We Need Sensible Tax Reform for Sustainable Agriculture (with Justin R. Ward and Anne E. Kinsinger, 1989). He is a Cofounder of the national coalition Smart Growth America and a member of several steering committees and boards related to smart growth and transportation policy.

Jutka Terris is an urban planner living in Alexandria, Virginia. As this book was being researched and drafted, she worked on smart growth and transportation policy for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C. Prior to her work at NRDC, she was National Field Director for 20/20 Vision, a grassroots environmental and peace advocacy organization. Jutka also worked on urban environmental issues during service with AmeriCorps/Neighborhood Green Corps. She holds a joint masters degree in public policy and urban planning from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Grinnell College.

Nancy Vorsanger is a writer and editor living in New York City. As a staff member and consultant for NRDC and other nonprofit groups, she has produced magazine and web articles, books, and newsletters on environmental, educational, and criminal justice topics. Nancy has an M.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Williams College.

Parris N. Glendening is the governor of Maryland. He was educated at Florida State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1964, a master's degree in 1965, and a doctorate in political science in 1967. Following graduation, he joined the faculty of the University of Maryland, a position he held for twenty-seven years. His textbooks on government and politics have been used in more than 400 colleges. He has held numerous city and county offices and is now chairman of the National Governors' Association. In 1999 he received several awards for Maryland's nationally recognized smart-growth program, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award and the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association's Outstanding Leadership Award.