Essential Readings in Urban Planning

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The reader covers the following broad areas:

  • General Reference
  • History, Theory, and Law
  • Plan Making and implementation
  • Functional Areas of Practice
  • Spatial Areas of Practice
  • Public Participation and Social Justice

Essential Readings in Urban Planning is the course reader for the online Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class. Please note that the book is not required for this class.

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About Essential Readings in Urban Planning

The reader consists of assembled readings that are recommended by the American Planning Association and some which, in our opinion, represent the key knowledge necessary to become a certified planner. This updated volume is the definitive collection of essential readings.

With the creation of the volume, we are indebted to our course instructor, Jennifer Evans-Cowley, PhD, AICP, who has carefully curated these readings. Dr. Evans-Cowley has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners for the last eight years and is the Vice Provost for Capital Planning and Regional Campuses at The Ohio State University.

We think you will enjoy this selection of readings. We are confident that throughout your career you will have occasion to return to these pages to refresh your memory, guide your practice, and inspire your actions.

Table of Contents

The reader includes selections and excerpts from the following sources:

General Reference
Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice
By Gary Hack, Eugenie L. Birch, Paul H. Sedway, and Mitchell J. Silver

Planning and Urban Design Standards
By American Planning Association

History, Theory, and Law
American City Planning Since 1890
By Mel Scott

Plan Making and Implementation
Understanding Your Economy: Using Analysis to Guide Local Strategic Planning
By Mary L. McLean, and Kenneth Voytek

State and Local Population Projections: Methodology and Analysis
By Stanley K. Smith, Jeff Tayman, and David A. Swanson

Applied Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administration
By Kenneth J. Meier, Jeffrey L. Brudney, and John Bohte

Qualitative Analysis for Planning & Policy: Beyond the Numbers
By John Gaber and Sharon Gaber

Planner's Use of Information
By Hemalata Dandekar

Functional Areas of Practice
Land Use in a Nutshell
By John Nolon and Patricia Salkin

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
By Christopher Alexander and Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein

Fair and Healthy Land Use: Environmental Justice and Planning
By Craig Anthony Arnold

Environmental Planning Handbook
By Tom Daniels and Katherine Daniels

Growing Cooler: Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change
By Reid Ewing, Keith Bartholomew, Steve Winkleman, Jerry Walters, and Don Chen

Design with Nature
By Ian L. McHarg

Planning, Policy and Politics: Smart Growth and the States
By John DeGrove

Land Use in a Nutshell
By John Nolon and Patricia Salkin

Planning Advisory Service Report: Integrating Planning and Public Health
By Marya Morris et al

Planning Advisory Service Report: The Transportation/Land Use Connection
By Terry Moore, Paul Thorsnes, and Bruce Appleyard

The High Cost of Free Parking
By Donald C. Shoup

Transportation for Livable Cities
By Vukan R. Vuchic

Spatial Areas of Practice              
Redesigning Cities: Principle, Practice, Implementation
By Jonathan Barnett

Site Planning
By Kevin Lynch and Gary Hack

Rural by Design
By Randall G. Arendt

Public Participation and Social Justice  
Journal of the American Institute of Planners
By Arnstein, Sherry R., Davidoff, Paul, Friedmann, John, Robert Nisbet, and Herbert J. Gans


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