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Atlanta Unbound: Enabling Sprawl through Policy and Planning (Urban Life, Landscape and Policy) Hardcover – September 20, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1439909393 ISBN-10: 1439909393

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  • Series: Urban Life, Landscape and Policy
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press (September 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439909393
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439909393
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carlton Wade Basmajian is an Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lewyn VINE VOICE on January 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Some planning scholars treat sprawl and regional planning as opposites- but this book shows that regionalism and sprawl can go together quite nicely.

In particular, the book shows that Atlanta's regional planning agency, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), has generally facilitated sprawl by making water supplies available to suburbs and by endorsing new suburban highways. Like most Georgia politicians, ARC staff placed economic development (especially suburban economic development) first and environmental concerns second.

ARC favored sprawl not just through direct policy decisions but also through computer models that biased its decisions in favor of sprawl: for example, its 1970s population projects were based on a computer model that (a) assumed that the region would continue to rapidly expand highways while expanding transit more slowly and (b) treated pro-sprawl zoning rules as a given. As a result of these assumptions, ARC's models assumed continued central-city decline, thus justifying ARC decisions to accommodate sprawl.

One weakness of this book is that it is sometimes too jargon-heavy for the average reader: its chapter on water policy is especially incomprehensible for nonspecialists, because it is full of undefined terms like "reregulation dams." In addition, its discussion of ARC transportation policies could have been a bit more detailed; for example, the author could have give more specific examples of the relationship between ARC predictions about the future and substantive transportation policies.
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