I have been teaching at numerous law schools since 2000, and have written
extensively on issues relating to urban and suburban development. 

Articles

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Suburban Sprawl: Weaker but Still Alive, Real Estate Law Journal (2014)

Review of The End of the Suburbs, by Leigh Gallagher.

 

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Learning from Detroit, Municipal Lawyer (2014)

Reviews a recent book about Detroit's problems.

 

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How Environmental Review Can Generate Car-Induced Pollution: A Case Study, Sustainable Development Law & Policy (2014)

The National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) requires federal officials to draft an environmental impact statement...

 

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Plans are Not Enough, Real Estate Law Journal (2013)

Some commentators see comprehensive municipal plans as a remedy for suburban sprawl. But in fact,...

 

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SEQRA and Infill, 27 Mun. Law. 16 (2013)

New York's State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) is designed to protect the environment by...

 

Op-Eds

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SEQRA vs. The Environment, The Suffolk Lawyer (2012)

SEQRA, a New York environmental law, requires the filing of an environmental impact statement when...

 

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Public Transit: Myth and Reality, Folio Weekly (2009)

Rebuts myth that public transit is inherently unpopular by pointing out that where development is...

 

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Keep It Local, Folio Weekly (2009)

Criticizes state-imposed limits on local taxation on the ground that state governments have no legitimate...

 

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A Tale of Two School Systems, Folio Weekly (2009)

Explains that suburban schools are more popular than urban schools primarily due to their more...

 

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How Dangerous Is Jacksonville?, Folio Weekly (2008)

Compares Jacksonville's murder rate with those of several other cities, using various techniques. Concludes that...

 

Works in Progress

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The (Somewhat) False Hope of Comprehensive Planning (2014)

Some commentators suggest that comprehensive planning is indispensable for smart growth (that is, less auto-centric...

 

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How Environmental Review can Generate Pollution: a Case Study, ExpressO (2013)

State environmental review statutes often require state and local governments to draft an environmental impact...

 

Speeches

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Sprawl And The Law, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University (2014)

Powerpoint used as basis for speech explaining legal issues related to suburban sprawl, focusing on...

 

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The (Somewhat) False Hope of Comprehensive Planning, New York Law School (2013)

Comprehensive planning at the municipal level, although useful in a variety of ways, is neither...

 

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How Comprehensive Planning Makes Suburbia More Sprawling, Making Cities Livable Conference (2013)

Many commentators associate comprehensive land use planning with smart growth- but in fact, municipal plans...

 

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The False Hope of Comprehensive Planning, Hofstra University ("From the Outside In: Sustainable Futures for Global Cities and Suburbs" conference) (2013)

Some commentators on sprawl and smart growth speak of municipal comprehensive plans and sprawl as...

 

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JUDAISM AND URBANISM: JEWISH COMMUNITIES REACT TO SUBURBANIZATION, Limmud NY (2013)

This speech addresses both how Jews should react to suburbanization and how they in fact...