The Exploding Metropolis: Why Growth Management Makes Sense

September 1, 1998

America is more than ever a land of metropolitan regions. Today those regions are home to five-sixths of our population and economic activity. But accompanying the explosive growth of U.S. metropolitan regions in the second half of the 20th century, driven by the federal interstate highway system, has been the demise of the central city and the balkanization of local governance.