Editors Note: The following articles by Professor Mills and Ed LeClear, a Cornell graduate student, both address a very contentious issue currently in debate among real estate developers, planners, and governments: Smart Growth and Suburban Sprawl. In the Graduate Program in Real Estate at Cornell, every student Is tasked with completing two major project developments, one in the first year, and the other in the second. This years first year students planned a development on 858 acres in Pennsylvania. An undercurrent of discussion among the students was whether this relatively large property in a basically rural environment should be developed or if the development of it simply contributed to more sprawl. This question was made more poignant by the fact that the city of Philadelphia, was the only major city in the country to experience a decline in population during the 90's, as more and more individuals moved to the inner and outer suburbs consequently expanding suburban development boundaries. Professor Mills' article addresses this very issue in the first article from a decided viewpoint. Ed LeClear presents a different perspective on the issue. We encourage you to respond.
Mills, E. S. (2002). Truly smart growth. Cornell Real Estate Review, 1, 8-22.