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Perverse Cities

Hidden Subsidies, Wonky Policy, and Urban Sprawl

by Pamela Blais

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publisher: UBC Press
Description

Urban sprawl – low-density subdivisions and business parks, big box stores and mega-malls – has increasingly come to define city growth despite decades of planning and policy. In Perverse Cities, Pamela Blais argues that flawed public policies and mis-pricing create hidden, “perverse” subsidies and incentives that promote sprawl while discouraging more efficient and sustainable urban forms – clearly not what most planners and environmentalists have in mind. She makes the case for accurate pricing and better policy to curb sprawl and shows how this can be achieved in practice through a range of market-oriented tools that promote efficient, sustainable cities.

Contributor Notes

Pamela Blais is a city planner and principal of Toronto-based Metropole Consultants.

Awards
  • Short-listed, Donner Prize for best book in Canadian public policy, The Donner Foundation
Editorial Review

Analytical and detailed in its approach and consistently daring in challenging accepted views of the causes of and solutions for urban sprawl.

— Donner Prize Jury

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