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Democracy as Problem SolvingCivic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe$
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Xavier de Souza Briggs

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026413

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026413.001.0001

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Rethinking the American West: A Civic Intermediary and the Movement for “Quality Growth” in Utah

Rethinking the American West: A Civic Intermediary and the Movement for “Quality Growth” in Utah

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Democracy as Problem Solving
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Souza Briggs

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026413.003.0004

This chapter offers information on nongovernmental organizing and the consensus-building efforts of an initiative called “Envision Utah” to bring the ideal and strategy of quality growth to media and public awareness. This large-scale public participation model helped to mobilize resources to promote the strategy of quality urban growth in a political context that was considered by experts in the field to be unfriendly to public planning. The leadership, operational strategy, and an extraordinary commitment to achieving the purpose helped Envision Utah to make the movement for quality growth in Utah a success. This case also highlights how small-scale citizen engagement and large-scale public education campaigns helped manage rapid urban growth in Utah.

Keywords:   Envision Utah, nongovernmental organization, urban growth, citizen engagement, public education campaigns

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