by Sandy Ikeda
That’s the title of a video interview I did with the Mackinac Center that was posted on their website a few days ago. I did it last summer and it runs about twelve minutes.
It’s very hard to do justice to either the SG side or my critique in such a condensed interview, though I think it gets the main points across fairly well. Still, here’s a couple of things.
At one point in I mention the “third wave,” which is a term Joel Garreau uses in his 1992 book Edge City to refer to the migration in the 1980s of corporate offices, hotels, and other diverse land uses to the suburbs.
The idea that post-WWII policies — such as the interstate highway system and massive federal subsidies to construct local infrastructure — hastened the very sprawl that current policies, Smart Growth in particular, are now trying to combat is treated especially well in Robert Bruegmann’s, Sprawl: A Compact History.
Also, here’s a website from the Smart Growth Network, dedicated to explaining the principles and issues of that approach to urban planning.