This issue of the Pace Law Review is dedicated to a man and an idea in which he believed. James A. Coon was land use counsel to the Department of State in New York when he died in 1992. For a quarter of a century he served as counsel to several New York State agencies, all involved in some way with providing technical assistance to those interested in the subject of land use law. For James Coon, and those who learned from him, land use law carries with it a significant set of responsibilities. It establishes the rules that dictate when, where, and how land is developed. It determines whether land use patterns are economically competitive, protect the environment, provide adequately for employment and housing, preserve agricultural land, and allow for the creation of efficient transportation systems.
John R. Nolon, Introduction: Dedication to James A. Coon, 13 Pace L. Rev. 315 (1993), http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/188/.