Smart Growth Entrepreneurs

Partners in Urban Sustainability

Authors: Nielsen, Erik Solevad

  • Provides a snapshot of smart growth entrepreneurs and emphasizes the centrality of market forces in sustainable urban development
  • Uses interviews, plans and development from coastal cities in Southern California and the suburbs of Portland as case studies to determine how cities can grow more sustainably
  • Uniquely highlights entrepreneurs and the specific institutional barriers they confront when they plan and build Smart Growth projects in cities and suburbs
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About this book

This book examines smart growth entrepreneurs—innovators in government, development companies, architectural firms, and other organizations, who coalesce to shift policies and markets toward green planning and building practices. Cities across the world are trying to manage their population and economic growth by implementing the design principles of Smart Growth and New Urbanism, developing green buildings that are compact, mixed-use, and in close proximity to transit services. How do innovators, governments, and markets interact in this planning and development process? The book profiles smart growth entrepreneurs and their projects in both Southern California and the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. The author highlights the unique obstacles, political and economic, that these actors encounter and details the centrality of markets and regulations in sustainable urban development.

About the authors

Erik Solevad Nielsen is an urban and environmental sociologist at The Pennsylvania State University, USA. His research has focused on urban sustainability, political economy, information technology, and ethnic conflict.

Reviews

“This is a smart book about smart growth. Erik Nielsen does a superb job of demystifying the ‘new urbanism,’ providing a rich analysis of the underlying theories, illuminated by case studies of two regions that have sought to put theory into practice.  Enthusiasts and skeptics alike will find this book an informative and reward insight into an important trend that is reshaping our cities.” (Richard Applebaum, Research Professor and MacArthur Chair of the Global and International Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)

“Nielsen thoughtfully examines an emerging group of professionals important in contemporary real estate development, providing specific evidence of the political and economic relevance of sustainability discourse and its ability to shape markets.  This engagingly-written book locates these actors in their structural context, furthermore, revealing how their particular economic pursuits are constrained by the institutions they encounter.  Scholars of urban and suburban development should take this book seriously, but so too should anyone interested in how cultural trends shape the political-economy of the built environment.” (Aaron Passell, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, Barnard College, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Markets, Governments, and Smart Growth

    Nielsen, Erik Solevad

    Pages 1-33

  • Sprawl and Smart Growth

    Nielsen, Erik Solevad

    Pages 35-56

  • Managing Urban Growth in Oregon and California

    Nielsen, Erik Solevad

    Pages 57-93

  • The Smart Growth Machine: Coalitions of Entrepreneurs

    Nielsen, Erik Solevad

    Pages 95-136

  • Smart Growth and the Great Recession

    Nielsen, Erik Solevad

    Pages 137-162

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-41027-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-41026-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Smart Growth Entrepreneurs
Book Subtitle
Partners in Urban Sustainability
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-41027-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-41027-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-41026-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 189
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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