This is a practical, 150-page small softcover book written in a readable,
succinct style. Its subject is taking control of urban growth and
improving your community, just as its subtitle indicates. It has the
potential to help in farmland and open space preservation work indirectly
because of its practical, to-the-the-point advice on growth management.
One interesting chapter refutes 12 statements that the author calls myths
of growth (growth is inevitable, we have to grow to provide jobs, etc.).
I found this section particularly useful. Another chapter is "Putting the
Brakes on Growth--What Works." Chapter 6 briefly addresses land
conservation techniques and has some case studies.
Fodor, who lives in Oregon, has excellent credentials, including a
Master's degree in urban and regional planning. Some consider him to be
one of the Northwest's leading researchers on the impacts of urban growth.
His main work now is as a public interest community planning consultant
(not in development) doing growth management consulting, impact analysis
of development, and planning for sustainable communities.
The book sells for $14.95 and can probably be ordered through your local
bookstore. It can also be
ordered directly from New Society Publishers (800-567-6772) for that
price, plus shipping and handling charge,or visit them on the web at:
http://www.newsociety.com . Volume discounts are available.
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