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View from the Cordillera

A Commentary on Achieving Excellence in Local Government
Read by Municipal Leaders on 4 Continents
Published by the Cordillera Institute
(Vol. 4, Issue 32)
Smart Growth and the Ideal City
Guest Author
Randal O'Toole
Senior Fellow
Cato Institute
Camp Sherman, Oregon
For more information on our guest author, see the About the Author section at the end of this summary.

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Summary of This Commentary
Ask any urban planner — whether from Minneapolis, Montreal, Melbourne, Montevideo, Manchester, Malmo, Munich, Milan, or Madrid — how to ensure a future of sustainable communities and the answer you are most likely to hear is: follow the rules of smart growth.  Even with so much agreement, at least among the planners, that smart growth is the prescription for whatever may ail our cities, there are bound to be a few curious individuals who will want to know more about the prescription before agreeing to swallow it.  One such individual is the author of this commentary.  He not only found what may be the written inspiration for smart growth.  He also travelled to Europe to see, 1st-hand, just how a city planned from that blueprint would look today.  In this issue, the author starts by providing answers to questions including:
What is the origin of smart growth?
What is its blueprint for the ideal city?
How do the cities built from this blueprint measure up?
Then, he recounts his visit to a European city praised by smart-growth planners as an ideal city.  His discussion of what he found is illustrated with 15 color photos.  If you read our earlier 3-part series on smart growth, I urge you not to review it until you have read today's commentary.

About the Author
Randal O'Toole (rot@cato.org) is a senior fellow with the Cato Institute specializing in transportation and land-use issues.  He is the author of several books, including The Best-Laid Plans: How Government Planning Harms Your Quality of Life, Your Pocketbook, and Your Future.

As always, we welcome your comments.

David Barber
Director
Cordillera Institute
(416) 293-9300
CordInst@istar.ca
http://pages.istar.ca/~cordinst/



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