header image
Home Page
Hear Past Shows
About Us
July 21, 2017

Note: Justice Talking's grant funding expired in 2008 and the project has been closed. This website is an archive of the entire run of Justice Talking shows through June 30, 2008.
It is no longer being maintained. We apologize for any stale or broken links.
Featured Program

Photo by: Sonia J. Stamm
Smart Growth
Last Featured: 3/22/2004

Listen to Full Program
(Windows Media Player Required)

Download the MP3
(Right-click and choose 'Save As...'
from the pop-up menu.)

Note: Justice Talking ceased production on June 30 of 2008. Link information on this site is not maintained and is provided for historical interest only. Although correct when posted, The Annenberg Public Policy Center makes no claim as the the accuracy or continued availability of any third party web links found on this site.
Overview

From suburbs to ‘ex-urbs’, answers to sprawl generate controversy crossing political and ideological boundaries. Environmentalists, who traditionally ally themselves with Democrats, now see Republican governors from California to Vermont pushing Smart Growth strategies. Preservationists warn of diminishing farmlands; farmers worry about property rights. Urban planners wrestle with excess infrastructure costs while rural towns scramble to meet increasing needs. Home owners weigh rising prices against free choice and developers seek business-friendly policies they say will spur economic growth. The mix of issues touches the lives of almost all Americans who increasingly ask: is smart growth smart?


Guests
Keith Schneider is a nationally known environmental writer and commentator. He is the founder and Deputy Director of Michigan Land Use Institute. Prior to the Institute's start, Keith worked for ten years as a national correspondent with the New York Times, specializing in environment, agriculture, energy, and land use reporting. As chairman of the Michigan Communities Land Use Coalition in 1994, he helped build an effective statewide campaign to increase citizen oversight of natural gas development. Keith is a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Detroit Free Press, GristMagazine.com, and the Great Lakes Bulletin.

Sam Staley is President of the Buckeye Institute. In an earlier capacity, as research director, he lead the Institute’s policy research in education reform, tax and fiscal policy, health care, urban development and growth, and urban sprawl. Mr. Staley formerly directed the Urban Futures Program at Reason Public Policy Institute. Governing and Planning magazines identified him as one of the leading critics of conventional Smart Growth and a leader in practical, market-oriented alternatives. He has written widely including his most recent book, Smarter Growth: Market-based Strategies for Land-use Planning in the 21st Century.

Closing Quote
"I am amused to see from my window here how busily man has divided and staked off his domain. God must smile at the puny fences running hither and tither everywhere over the land."

— Henry David Thoreau

©1999-2017 University of Pennsylvania. All rights reserved. Any Justice Talking program downloaded or podcast from this site is for personal use only. Any Justice Talking program, or portion of it, may not reproduced, publicly distributed or displayed, used to create a derivative work, or otherwise copied or transmitted to a third party, in any format now known or hereafter discovered, except as expressly permitted by Law.

To request permission to use Justice Talking audio, please contact support.
Join the Debate
NOTE: Justice Talking Blogs and Forums have been closed.
Special Announcements
Justice Talking’s last broadcast & podcast was June 30, 2008.
Standard State Zoning Enabling Act and Standard City Planning Enabling Act
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA)
Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21)
Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act
Brownfields Revitalization and Environmental Restoration Act
National Forest Management Act (NFMA)
Environmental Protection Agency
The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education
Reason Public policy Institute
The Smart Growth Network
The Heritage Foundation
Sprawl-Busters
The Cato Institute
American Farmland Trust
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy
Smart Growth America
The American Enterprise Institute
The Trust for Public Land
New Urban News
Smarter Growth : Market-Based Strategies for Land-Use Planning in the 21st Century
by Randall G. Holcombe and Samuel R. Staley
Suburban Nation : The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck
Are Current Water Policies Leaving Us High and Dry?
The Future of the Oceans
Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming