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Hot towns : the future of the fastest growing communities in America
Wolf, Peter M.
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New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [1999]

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xi, 283 pages ; 24 cm
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This text focuses on the growth of American towns - boom towns that grow in jobs and population at two or three times the national average. It examines the choices that people make to accommodate growth and ensure their economic future, and demonstrates how to protect the area from deteriorating.

Author Notes

Peter Wolf is a nationally recognized land planning, asset management, and urban policy authority, and manages his own investment advisory firm. He is chairman of the board of trustees of the Van Alen Institute and the author of The Future of the City and Land in America.

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Wolf combines a study of short-term trends over the past 20 years with skilled analysis to project a credible outcome for American society in the coming 20 years. Much more than a gloss on the current trend to move into the micropolitan areas (small cities) or cultivate nostalgic ties with rural America, Wolf's insights build on the premise that this latest migration is different from previous migrations in US history. This "fifth wave" carries highly skilled, educated, and affluent workers to locales chosen to improve the quality of their lives. The highly decentralized "cybernation" and globalized economy (courtesy of the Internet and telecommunications) now permits a select minority to take their jobs with them wherever they want to go. Beyond this, Wolf observes an important demographic element that changes the impact of this "fifth migration." If these highly skilled migrants are truly the new economic future, then the places they leave behind become as important as the places they choose to settle. Their political and economic clout will continue to expand through a focus on environmental preservation, controlled residential growth, and greater emphasis on economic stability. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. Kleiman; University of Wisconsin Colleges

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The New Migration: Perils and Promisesp. 1
Part I The Fifth Migration
1. The Fifth Migration Beginsp. 9
2. Forces Driving the Fifth Migrationp. 35
3. Where the Fifth Wave Is Goingp. 53
Part II Growth Towns at the Crossroads
4. Causes and Consequences of Community Decayp. 85
5. The Whiff of Self-Destruction in Particular Growth Areasp. 106
Part III Wise Future Growth
6. What Is Wise Growth?p. 119
7. Planning, Zoning, and Land Usep. 131
8. Resource Preservation and Enhancementp. 159
9. Smart Public Policyp. 182
10. Private and Nonprofit Initiativesp. 209
Part IV A Resident's Guide
11. How to Evaluate a Growth Townp. 229
12. The Benefits of Wise Growthp. 243
Notesp. 257
Indexp. 263