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The last two decades have been an exciting and richly productive period for debate and academic research on the city. The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies offers comprehensive coverage of this modern re-thinking of urban theory, both gathering together the best of what has been achieved so far, and signalling the way to future theoretical insights and empirically grounded research. Featuring many of the top international names in the field, the handbook is divided into nine key sections: SECTION 1: THE GLOBALIZED CITY SECTION 2: URBAN ENTREPRENEURIALISM, BRANDING, GOVERNANCE SECTION 3: MARGINALITY, RISK AND RESILIENCE SECTION 4: SUBURBS AND SUBURBANIZATION: STRATIFICATION, SPRAWL, SUSTAINABILITY SECTION 5: DISTINCTIVE AND VISIBLE CITIES SECTION 6: CREATIVE CITIES SECTION 7: URBANIZATION, URBANITY AND URBAN LIFESTYLES SECTION 8: NEW DIRECTIONS ...

Social Construction of Smart Growth Policies and Strategies
Social Construction of Smart Growth Policies and Strategies
John Hannigan

New ways of operating cities do not appear spontaneously but rather are conceived and framed in a multitude of ways, often in competing policy arenas. This is very much the case for smart growth, which, as Anthony Downs (2001) points out, ‘refers to many different bundles of specific policies’ appealing in varying degrees and ways to disparate groups: anti- or slow-growth advocates and environmentalists, pro-growth advocates, inner-city advocates, better-growth advocates. At the same time, smart growth proposals have been sharply contested by a formidable cast of opponents, ranging from real estate developers and homebuilders, to rural libertarians and conservative think tanks.


Smart growth has been ...

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