Opening Up the Suburbs: An Urban Strategy for America (Revised)

Anthony Downs (Author)


In this fast-paced, fact-filled short book, Anthony Downs takes a close look at a national problem of increasing importance--opening up the suburbs to the poor. After marshalling the arguments in favor of introducing low and moderate income housing in suburban areas where it is not now possible, he presents the suburbanites' case against change. He finds legitimate claims and fears on both sides. Mr. Downs believes it is possible, however, to devise public policies that will reconcile the objectives and legitimate desires of both poorer Americans desiring to upgrade themselves by entering the suburbs and wealthier Americans desiring to protect the quality of their hard-won suburban life. He proposes the concept of balanced communities as well as other public policies to effect this reconciliation.

As the nation moves into the decade of the seventies, the pressures of expanding population on the suburbs are bound to increase. Anthony Downs provides here a thoughtful analysis of the problems that are coming and practical proposals for dealing with them, which will interest the professional planner and the involved citizen alike.

Product Details

Yale University Press
Publish Date
April 01, 1975
4.88 X 0.59 X 8.32 inches | 0.62 pounds
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About the Author

Anthony Downs is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., where he has been since 1977. Before that, he was for 18 years a member and then Chairman of Real Estate Research Corporation, a nationwide consulting firm advising private and public decision-makers on real estate investment, housing policies, and urban affairs. Dr. Downs received a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University, and is the author or co-author of 20 books and over 480 articles. His most famous books are An Economic Theory of Democracy (1957), translated into several foreign languages, and Inside Bureaucracy (1967). His latest books are Stuck in Traffic (1992) and New Visions for Metropolitan America (1994), from Brookings and the Lincoln Institute, A Re-Evaluation of Residential Rent Control (1996), from the Urban Land Institute, and Urban Affairs and Urban Policy and Political Theory and Public Choice (1998), two volumes of his collected essays published by Edward Elgar Publishing.