254047 Smart Growth: What it's All About

Monday, October 31, 2011: 10:30 AM

Geoff Anderson, President and CEO , Smart Growth America, Washington, DC
Since World War 2, communities have taken a very different shape in the United States. Homes, places to eat, shopping, places of worship, work, and schools were increasingly separate from one another. Subdivisions, strip malls, office parks, mega-schools, power centers, and gated communities replaced more neighborhoods and towns where these elements were integrated in more complete neighborhoods. Though often thought to be the work of the free market—and there was market demand for these products--many of these trends were heavily subsidized and regulated into existence. All levels of government took part. The federal government provided massive subsidies for infrastructure, single-family housing and other development. States used economic development subsidies to aid mall construction, development of industrial parks and other activity and backed it up with taxpayer funded highway construction to ensure good access. Local governments used the power of the purse to lure tax base away from neighboring cities, and zoning and other regulatory powers to dictate low density single family housing separated from shops, workplaces and other daily destinations. This pattern of development and public policy went largely unchallenged for decades until the rise of smart growth beginning in the mid-90s. This session will describe smart growth, the reasons for its growing currency, and discuss some of the key policy discussions under way that will affect the future of community growth and health for years to come.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe key policy discussions under way that will affect the future of community growth and health

Keywords: Environmental Health, Aging

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am President and CEO of Smart Growth America. Prior to coming to Smart Growth America I worked as the Director for the Smart Growth Office at the US EPA. I have extensive experience in the area of planning, smart growth and its implications for public healtha nd the environment.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.