I recently attended a panel discussion on growth management planning. At the end of the discussion, the panel entertained written questions from the audience. All was moving along smoothly until the question was posed, "Which cities have done growth management right, and why do you think this?" After some (actually quite a bit of) hesitation, there were two comments of, "We thought it was Portland. They incorporated all the concepts we advocate... density, transit planning, design requirements, urban limit lines. Perhaps their downfall was inflexibility of their plan. It was cast in stone and did not evolve enough with the community."
There was also one comment complimenting San Antonio and "the Chicago region" without any explanation as to what these communities were doing which was "right".
So, oh throbbing brain, let's do better than that... what cities have done growth management right and why?