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The new regionalism is a term that first made its appearance in U.S. scholarly journals in the mid-1990s. It describes widely varying approaches to addressing major urban metropolitan problems including economic competitiveness, social equity, and sustainable land use and infrastructure development. Although various activities are associated with the new regionalism, it is neither an organized political or advocacy movement. What most clearly distinguishes it are the scale and types of problems it addresses and how it differs from traditional regionalism.

The Old Regionalism

The traditional approach to regionalism in the United States developed out of the political reform movement that began toward the end of the nineteenth century. One of the principal objectives of that movement was to develop alternatives to the control of city governments by ...

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