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Smart Growth

Concepts of Urban Land Development, Urban Sprawl, and Smart Growth from an Economic Perspective

Submitted by Robert Wassmer, Professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration, California State University, Sacramento.

This course is a core course in California State University, Sacramento's Master's Program in Urban Land Development. Concepts of Urban Land Development, Urban Sprawl, and Smart Growth from an Economic Perspective focuses on the Sacramento metropolitan area and exposes students to the drivers of urban growth, the consequences and results of development, and how smart growth principles "attempt to mitigate the negative urban outcomes that growth can generate."

The course outline is broad, and Professor Wassmer includes critiques of smart growth approaches to growth and development. Wassmer is trained as an economist and uses urban economics as the methodological foundation for organizing the course.

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