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A New Twin Cities: The Shape of Things to Come.

Adams, John S.

This article argues that a confluence of geographic changes (a spatially expansive and fragmented metro area that is emerging as a megapolitan area), challenging demographic trends (a diversifying and aging population), and housing and land use planning issues (increased demand for housing, diversifying housing needs) are combining to put the Twin Cities on a precarious course with respect to transportation and land development issues while eroding regional assets needed to keep the region competitive. Moreover, these challenges are emerging at a time when the Twin Cities no longer compete on a regional basis with other parts of the United States, but rather globally with vibrant metropolitan economies around the world. The author argues that as the Twin Cities metropolitan area grows larger and more complex, it is vital that households and businesses pay fair prices for the benefits they receive from their participation in the metropolitan system. Failure to pay fair prices means that cities and counties in older-settled parts of the metropolitan area end up subsidizing development in developing areas and that regional assets (e.g., transportation infrastructure, built environments, the natural environment, human capital, state and local institutions) are drawn down, weakening the Twin Cities region's balance sheet at a time when it needs to be strengthened to ensure its competitive position in an increasingly competitive and unforgiving world. The author concludes by offering several policy recommendations (including development impact fees) for ensuring that new development will pay its way.

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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported in part through funds provided by the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota. Additional support provided by the Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota.
36 (4): 10-19
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Reporter 36 (4)