1. Two books provide an excellent introduction to Smart Growth:

a. Randal O'Toole, The Vanishing Automobile and Other Urban Myths: How Smart Growth Will Harm American Cities, Thoreau Institute, Bandon, Oregon, 2001.

b. Jane Shaw and Ronald Utt, editors, A Guide to Smart Growth: Shattering Myths, Providing Solutions, Heritage Foundation and Political Economy Research Center, 2000.

2. The following articles also provide an introduction as well as detailed critiques of the concept of Smart Growth:
a. Howard Baetjer, "Why 'Smart Growth' is 'Not-Smart Economics'" Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation, Studies in Social Cost, Regulation, and the Environment: No. 4, September 2000. See

b. Thomas J. DiLorenzo, "Suburban Legends: Why 'Smart Growth' Is Not So Smart," Center for the Study of American Business, Contemporary Issues Series 97, November 1999. See and click on Environment.

c. Joseph L. Bast, "Growth Management: An Introduction," Heartland Institute, April 1998. See, click on Common-Sense Environmentalism listed under Portals and Suites on the lefthand side of the website, go to Search Heartland archives and click on Heartland Policy Studies.

d. Samuel R. Staley, "The Sprawling of America: In Defense of the Dynamic City," Reason Public Policy Institute, Policy Study No. 251, February 1999. See

e. John Carlisle, "The Campaign Against Urban Sprawl: Declaring War on the American Dream," National Center for Public Policy Research, National Policy Analysis #239, April 1999. See

f. Peter Gordon and Harry Richardson, "Are Compact Cities a Desirable Planning Goal?" Smart Growth Network, Alternative Views of Sprawl. See and click on apa sprawl.html

g. Peter Gordon and Harry Richardson, "Critiquing Sprawl's Critics," Cato Policy Analysis No. 365, January 24, 2000. See and click on Policy Analysis on lefthand side of website.

h. Peter Gordon, "Plan Obsolescence," Reason Online Interview with Peter Gordon, June 1998. See

i. Peter Gordon and Harry Richardson, "Farmland Preservation and Ecological Footprints: A Critique," Planning and Markets, vol 1. See

j. Samuel Staley, "The 'Vanishing Farmland' Myth and the Smart-Growth Agenda," Reason Public Policy Institute, Policy Brief No. 12, January 2000. See

3. The following website has more materials on Smart Growth for more in depth coverage. See Ian Wyatt and Daniel Simmons, "The Problems With Planning: A Free Market Guide to Suburban Development and 'Urban Sprawl'" at: