Custodians of Place provides a new theoretical framework
that accounts for how different types of cities arrive at decisions
about residential growth and economic development. Lewis and Neiman
surveyed officials in hundreds of California cities of all sizes
and socioeconomic characteristics to account for differences in
local development policies. This book shows city governments at the
center of the action in shaping their destinies, frequently acting
as far-sighted trustees of their communities.
They explain how city governments often can insulate themselves for
the better from short-term political pressures and craft policy
that builds on past growth experiences and future vision. Findings
also include how conditions on the ground-local commute times,
housing affordability, composition of the local labor force-play an
important role in determining the approach a city takes toward
growth and land use.
What types of cities tend to aggressively pursue industrial or
retail firms? What types of cities tend to favor housing over
business development? What motivates cities to try to slow
residential growth? Custodians of Place answers these and
many other questions.
Subjects: Political Science
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