Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

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    Featuring thought-provoking commentary and insights from some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field, Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning is an excellent summary of current thought and discussion.

    $18.95

    About the Book

    • Follow the battle between sprawl and smart growth
    • Learn about new trends in urban design and transportation
    • Weigh the arguments for and against inner-city gentrification
    • Examine the impact of the backlash against eminent domain
    • Consider how planning should respond to disasters such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina
    • Hear from supporters and critics of market-based alternatives to planning

    This printed volume, assembled by the editors of Planetizen and published by Island Press, provides readers with a unique and accessible introduction to a broad array of ideas and perspectives on issues ranging from gentrification, eminent domain, transportation systems, to reactions to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and 9/11.

    To tackle the most controversial topics in urban planning, Planetizen enlisted the help of well-known experts in the planning and design fields including James Howard Kunstler, Alex Garvin, Andrés Duany, Joel Kotkin, Wendell Cox and William Fulton. These contributors and more offer passionate and at times controversial debates on how cities should be planned and built, and managed.

    With the increasing awareness of the need for sound urban planning to ensure the economic, environmental, and social health of modern society, Planetizen's Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning gives professionals in the field and concerned citizens alike a deeper understanding of the critical, complex issues that continue to challenge urban planners, designers, and developers.

    List of Contributors

    GB Arrington
    Constance Beaumont
    Edward Blakely
    Daniel Burden
    Thomas Campanella
    Patrick Condon
    Wendell Cox
    Christopher Dewolf
    Andrés Duany
    Anthony Flint
    William Fulton
    Alex Garvin
    John Hooker
    Fred Kent
    Joel Kotkin
    Kenneth Kruckemeyer
    James Howard Kunstler
    Michael Mehaffy
    John Norquist
    Robert Olshansky
    C. Kenneth Orski
    Randal O'Toole
    Nikos Salingaros
    Peter Samuel
    Charles Shaw
    Donald Shoup
    Jeff Speck
    Samuel Staley
    Harriet Tregoning
    Michael Woo

    Editors: Abhijeet Chavan, Christian Peralta, and Christopher Steins

    Published by:
    Island Press

    What Others Are Saying

    “This splendid collection lays out today's planning issues with startling clarity. It is a joy to read, a testimony to free speech and a test of your beliefs. Read it!”
    - Dr. Eugenie L. Birch, Professor and Chair, Department of City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

    “This book..provides a rich array of competing, clashing, and on occasion surprisingly compatible prescriptions and predictions on how the country’s growing, its real choices, the ideological and economic choices it faces.”
    - from the foreword by Neal Peirce, chairman of the Citistates Group

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