SEVEN MODELS OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT: A STRUCTURAL COMPARISON,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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Attempts to develop quantitative models of the spatial aspects of urban development for use as planning tools hardly antedate 1960. Since then, there have been innumerable prospectuses, many serious enterprises, and at least a few substantial accomplishments. The model-builders -- a group that overlaps but doesnt coincide with the planning profession -- claim that their brain-children have present or potential value as planning aids. One of the frustrations of the planner as client is that he doesnt usually find it easy to judge these claims or to choose among the many alternatives now available for his consideration. In this essay, the author shows how a number of these models relate to each other and to a generally accepted theory of the market for urban land. The undertaking involves some risk of misrepresentation, since only two of the specific models discussed are adequately and finally documented.
- Civil Engineering