Public Policies and Market Forces in Metropolitan Development

Metropolitan growth and development results from a complex mix of factors: for example, rising incomes, shifting populations, consumer preferences and market restructuring, the quality of schools, the location of affordable housing, and the natural topography of a metropolitan area. Yet major federal and state spending programs, tax expenditures, and regulatory and administrative policies can also fundamentally shape growth patterns.

Sunbelt/Frostbelt examines the role of government policies and market forces in shaping growth patterns in five metropolitan areas: Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Pittsburgh. It concludes with a look at how these different areas have tried to put in place policy reforms to address their unique growth challenges.

Contributors include a team of researchers from Arizona State University, Peter Dreier (Occidental College), Robert E. Gleeson (Northern Illinois University), Joseph Gyourko (University of Pennsylvania), Pascale Joassart-Marcelli (University of Massachusetts, Boston), Manuel Pastor Jr. (University of California, Santa Cruz), Jerry R. Paytas (Carnegie Mellon University), Joseph Persky and Kimberly Schaffer (University of Illinois at Chicago), Anita A. Summers (University of Pennsylvania), Wim Wiewel (University of Baltimore), and Jennifer Wolch (University of Southern California).