Building Rules: How Local Controls Shape Community Environments and Economies

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Building the Rules

In 1957, local officials and growth boosters launched a campaign to promote industrial development in a 17,000-acre chunk of high desert in the Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles -- not far from our Riverside communities. "It was a gala occasion. . . . The governor and the area's U.S. Representative were there, as were Miss Antelope Valley Industry and Miss Goodwill Ambassador to Industry. The day of speechmaking, terming the Valley the 'biggest industrial Empire in the West,' was topped by a sonic boom and the dropping of a bomb . . . to make the first excavation for the industrial park" ( Fellmeth, 1973: 301). Today it is doubtful that local officials anywhere in California could open such an expanse of land to development without some form of environmental review and probably some extensive assurances that environmental effects were taken into account. There would surely be no desert bombing as a publicity gimmick, much less with the implied sanction of state government.

Beneath the numbers and strategies we have been describing lies one of the dramas of the contemporary United States -- citizen action at the local level, repeated again and again in California and in many other parts of the country over the decades since bombs were dropped on Western deserts for grand openings. In a political landscape characterized variously as apathetic, nonparticipatory, and quiescent, this is a realm where people see things they don't like and take collective action. These actions are not just public grousing, name-calling, or other personal attacks. They take organizational life and are policy oriented. They are not "outbursts" but -- in the main -- considered and deliberate attempts to reorganize the way community is put together.

Quite beyond "not-in-my-backyard" opposition to a specific toxic dump, highway, apartment building, or bombing, these citizen actions can have a broad conceptual and geographic reach ( Szasz, 1994: 165-166). Although not as encompassing as Marxian or Christian utopias, urban environmentalism is uncharacteristically broad by American standards.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables and Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • 1 - The Relevance of Regulation 1
  • Notes 21
  • 2 - Sites 23
  • Notes 50
  • 3 - Has Growth Been Stopped? Not Much 52
  • Notes 58
  • 4 - Power to Build: How Cities Grow Under Growth Control 59
  • Notes 76
  • 5 - Project Peddling: What Gets Approved and How 78
  • Notes 102
  • 6 - Indirect Effects: How Building Rules Make Growth Different 104
  • Notes 127
  • 7 - Building the Rules 129
  • Notes 147
  • Appendix A: - Measuring Growth Control Impacts 149
  • Notes to Appendix A 156
  • Appendix B: Chronologies of Growth Control 157
  • Appendix C - Commercial Valuation Data, 1970-1990 167
  • Appendix E: Case Study Details 171
  • Appendix F: Interview Schedule 183
  • Reference List 185
  • Index 201
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