This book might carry the alternate title, Against Single-Mindedness.Our projectwas borninpart of our frustrationwiththe instinct
that we perceived, among both scholars and popular observers, to
reduce local government policymaking—particularly with respect
to urban growth—to a set of heuristics or rules of thumb. Discussion of cities has not lacked for metaphors and simple story lines.
In the 1960s and 1970s, cities were in crisis, in a race with time,