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When the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth proposed the conference that produced the volume of essays you have in your hand, it was our idea to bring together a diverse group of professionals - environmental and land use lawyers, land use planners and city officials, politicians and engineers to discuss the legal and policy issues concerning "redevelopment." That is, we were concerned, living as we do in the rapidly changing and growing metropolitan area of Atlanta, to focus on the frequently exciting but also often tense and controversial area of redeveloping urban and suburban landscapes in ways that are "smarter" than before - whether smart growth means more dense residential and commercial patterns, or more decentralized government, or a greater effort, conversely, to strive for regional and other uniform solutions to metropolitan growth. Furthermore, our interest was spurred by the fact that these trends face not only North Americans, but people throughout the world. As the United Nations Development Program reports, by 2030, 60% of the world's population will live in cities.