The Three Laws of Growth

Demographic data support the three Laws of Growth, which are helpful in understanding the character of rapid suburbanization and successful policy responses.

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July 16, 2000, 6:30 AM PDT

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight


American growth has historically been linked to a higher quality of life. For some 50 years, the United States has experienced unprecedented economic growth, producing higher levels of affluence, homeownership, and mobility for most Americans. The economic boom of the 1990s has seen increasing demand for larger homes on larger lots, often with garages to handle three or more vehicles. Most Americans now live in suburban communities, and suburban growth has steadily increased pressures on government services, infrastructure, and the environment. One consequence of largely uncoordinated land development and rapid expansion of suburban areas is that many urban centers have languished.

Thanks to Chris Steins

Tuesday, June 6, 2000 in National Governor's Association

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