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In: The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies

Chapter 13: Social Construction of Smart Growth Policies and Strategies

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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.

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