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Smart Growth in Dumb Places: Sustainability, Disaster, and the Future of the American City

BYU Law Review (symposium), Forthcoming

45 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2011 Last revised: 10 Jun 2015

Lisa Grow Sun

Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School

Date Written: April 1, 2011

Abstract

One of the many lessons of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan is that we cannot mitigate disaster risk through building codes and other structural solutions alone. Location is key to a community’s natural hazard vulnerability. Consequently, the most far-reaching and important question for disaster mitigation today is where we will channel the growth that will be needed to accommodate our expanding population. Yet, both environmental scholars and policymakers are promoting sustainability initiatives that will channel our country’s future growth into existing urban areas that are already extremely vulnerable to disaster. Indeed, many of these policies - and the legal tools used to implement them - are channeling growth, not only into particularly vulnerable cities, but into the riskiest areas of those cities. This Article is the first to identify and explore this critical tension between disaster mitigation and current sustainability policies.

Keywords: Disaster, Sustainability, Smart Growth, Urban Renewal, Disaster Mitigation

Suggested Citation

Sun, Lisa Grow, Smart Growth in Dumb Places: Sustainability, Disaster, and the Future of the American City (April 1, 2011). BYU Law Review (symposium), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1918386 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1918386

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