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Reinventing the railroad suburb: community conflict in the new suburbia

Reinventing the railroad suburb: community conflict in the new suburbia Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the ways in which suburban governments contend with market and citizen pressures to influence land use policy. Design/methodology/approach – The paper utilizes a comparative case study approach by analyzing primary documents and conducting open‐ended interviews. Findings – It can be argued that the historical context of suburban development, the cultural conceptions of suburbia, and the extent of civil society's participation in decision making are important factors in understanding how suburbs are dealing with growth challenges. Practical implications – The cases studied here likely have attributes that are typical of other suburbs in North America. Originality/value – The paper emphasizes the importance of cultural conceptions of the landscape in influencing stakeholder attitudes – an element often neglected in public policy analysis. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy Emerald Publishing

Reinventing the railroad suburb: community conflict in the new suburbia

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1750-6204
DOI
10.1108/17506201011086110
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the ways in which suburban governments contend with market and citizen pressures to influence land use policy. Design/methodology/approach – The paper utilizes a comparative case study approach by analyzing primary documents and conducting open‐ended interviews. Findings – It can be argued that the historical context of suburban development, the cultural conceptions of suburbia, and the extent of civil society's participation in decision making are important factors in understanding how suburbs are dealing with growth challenges. Practical implications – The cases studied here likely have attributes that are typical of other suburbs in North America. Originality/value – The paper emphasizes the importance of cultural conceptions of the landscape in influencing stakeholder attitudes – an element often neglected in public policy analysis.

Journal

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global EconomyEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 19, 2010

Keywords: National culture; Public policy; Urban areas; United States of America; Citizen participation

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