Hot towns : the future of the fastest growing communities in America /
Peter M. Wolf.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 1999.
xi, 283 p.
0813526965 (alk. paper)
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New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 1999.
0813526965 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
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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Appeared in Choice on 2000-02:
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
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Publisher Fact Sheet
One million Americans a year - successful, accomplished, & well-financed people of all ages - are relocating to communities they view as choice - places distinguished by fine climate, physical beauty, abundant natural recreation resources, minimal social problems & low crime. Towns & states in this elite roster include: Santa Fe; Aspen & Denver; Seattle; Bozeman; Chapel Hill; East Hampton; Tucson; Atlanta; Washington; Utah; & Anchorage. These American boom towns have grown in jobs & population at two to three times the national average. But warning signs of deterioration are already evident. Rapid migration can enhance or swamp America's fastest-growing & most desirable communities. The author examines choices that people in these areas can make both effectively to accommodate growth & yet to ensure their economic futures. He demonstrates how it is possible-even during a town's rapid expansion-to enhance the quality of residents' lives, to incorporate aesthetics & design into town evolution, to protect what is precious in nature, & to preserve the best that has already been built. Concludes with a practical checklist for the residents of hot towns, allowing them to evaluate how well their communities are coping with growth.
Main Description
Hot Towns is about the current, vast national relocation of one million Americans a year, who take with them assets greater than the entire real estate value of New York City. Successful, accomplished, and well-financed people of all ages are moving to communities they view as choice--places distinguished by fine climate, physical beauty, abundant natural recreation resources, and minimal social problems and low crime.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The New Migration: Perils and Promisesp. 1
The Fifth Migration
The Fifth Migration Beginsp. 9
Forces Driving the Fifth Migrationp. 35
Where the Fifth Wave Is Goingp. 53
Growth Towns at the Crossroads
Causes and Consequences of Community Decayp. 85
The Whiff of Self-Destruction in Particular Growth Areasp. 106
Wise Future Growth
What Is Wise Growth?p. 119
Planning, Zoning, and Land Usep. 131
Resource Preservation and Enhancementp. 159
Smart Public Policyp. 182
Private and Nonprofit Initiativesp. 209
A Resident's Guide
How to Evaluate a Growth Townp. 229
The Benefits of Wise Growthp. 243
Notesp. 257
Indexp. 263
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