Selling Smart Growth: Communicating The Direct Benefits of More Accessible, Multi-Modal
Locations to Households, Businesses and Governments
This report examines direct benefits to households, businesses and local governments provided by Smart Growth policies, and describes how to better communicate them to consumers, real estate professionals and policy makers.
Response to "Putting People First: An Alternative Perspective with an Evaluation of the NCE Cities 'Trillion Dollar' Report"
My report, Analysis of Public Policies That Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Urban Sprawl, evaluated costs of sprawl and benefits of Smart Growth, and identified various policy distortions that result in economically excessive sprawl and automobile travel. Wendell Cox responded with, Putting People First: An Alternative Perspective with an Evaluation of the NCE Cities 'Trillion Dollar' Report, which argues that my study exaggerated sprawl costs and Smart Growth benefits. This document examines and responds to his criticism. Cox uses incomplete data and unjustified assumptions to reach his conclusions; they cannot withstand scrutiny. He incorrectly defines Smart Growth, applies biased analysis, and misrepresents key evidence. In fact, my $1.2 trillion annual estimate reflects a lower-bound value, the actual total costs of sprawl are probably significantly higher.
Determining Optimal Urban Expansion, Population and Vehicle Density, and Housing Types for Rapidly Growing Cities
This paper, accepted for presentation at the 2016 World Conference on Transport Research in Shanghai, examines the economic, social and environmental impacts of various urban development factors including urban expansion, population and vehicle density, housing type, roadway design and management, and recreation facility availability. The results are used to create guidelines for urban development that optimizes for various planning objectives including openspace (farmland and habitat) preservation, efficient public infrastructure and services, public health and safety, efficient transportation, affordability, economic productivity and opportunity, and urban livability (local environmental quality).