Making Sense of Politics, Planning and Engineering

by Charles Huckelberry, Pima County DOT, Tucson, AZ, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Infrastructure for Urban Growth

Abstract: Rapidly expanding urban areas generally undergo a great deal of public and political debate regarding whether or not population expansion is good or bad and the effects of such expansion on the urban environment. These debates often lead to disjointed and fractional planning directions with little effect on the rate of real growth. The real issue is not whether or not there will or will not be urban growth, the issue is how that growth will be accommodated and the effect long-range planning can have on quality growth.

Subject Headings: Urban development | Political factors | Population projection | Infrastructure | Public policy

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