Books

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Focusing on the often-overlooked contributions of people of color to the built environment, Dr. Craig Wilkins from the University of Michigan shares his list of recommended reading.
Doggerel
Blog post
April 24, 2017, 12pm PDT
As the library of books on urbanism expands by the year, here are some fun, engaging titles for city nerds and non-nerds alike.
Josh Stephens
April 7, 2017, 9am PDT
A new graphic novel has magic to stir blood.
CityLab
Feature
March 27, 2017, 5am PDT
The author of the new book "Seeing the Better City" (Island Press) explains the importance of practiced skills of observation, and how a "vocabulary of looking" can be a foundation for participation in civic discussion.
Charles R. Wolfe
December 12, 2016, 2pm PST
The fourth annual edition of holiday gift ideas for that "plannerd" in your life, from L.A. County Planner Clement Lau.
UrbDeZine
October 3, 2016, 9am PDT
Enabling local affections involves hard work from individuals, locally embedded institutions, a built environment scaled to people, and community-focused habits and practices.
Thriving Cities Blog
Feature
September 15, 2016, 2pm PDT
2016 has produced an eclectic, imitative mix of titles to the urban library.
Josh Stephens
September 15, 2016, 5am PDT
A new book by a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist digs into the consequences of a society driven by the automobile.
The New York Times
May 29, 2016, 1pm PDT
Next City shares news of a colorful new book for children that introduces the objects of a environmentally-friendly build environment.
Next City
April 25, 2016, 7am PDT
On bookshelves today, Detroit Resurrected: To Bankruptcy and Back provides inside baseball details of how the city of Detroit managed to recover from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Next City
January 21, 2016, 8am PST
Sometimes, city walks can mean more than just getting from place to place. Author and book critic David Ulin discusses his favorite accounts of that rich experience.
Barnes and Noble Review
Blog post
December 2, 2015, 7am PST
I've gathered some of the best here, field tested by my boys who have grown up a little since I last made a list like this in 2010, to help you with your holiday shopping list.
Chris Steins
Feature
November 2, 2015, 2pm PST
An excerpt from the introduction to "Parking Management for Smart Growth," by Richard W. Willson, Ph.D., FAICP. Here Willson argues for parking management strategies as a critical tool for communities to get more out of the space devoted to cars.
Richard Willson
October 8, 2015, 9am PDT
A long and ranging article in the New Yorker surveys non-fiction, art, and other manifestations of intellectualism for insight into the plight of the city—to always be cast in some manner of morality tale.
The New Yorker
September 28, 2015, 5am PDT
A new book by Washington Post associate editor David Maraniss examines the glory years of Detroit.
Detroit Free Press
September 22, 2015, 8am PDT
The urban design critic for the San Francisco Chronicle publishes a new book of 50 of his favorite San Francisco structures.
KQED Public Radio
September 10, 2015, 7am PDT
One of the country's most passionate supporters of parks writes a review of a book that explores the characteristics and qualities of great parks.
The Nature of Cities
September 8, 2015, 6am PDT
In his new book, James Longhurst asks: "Why are most American cities still so ill-prepared to handle cyclists?"
The Urban Edge
July 10, 2015, 6am PDT
A new book examines the convoluted history of one of the country's most controversial infrastructure projects.
WNYC
April 29, 2015, 9am PDT
There are animals among us. Boars in Berlin, coyotes in Washington, D.C., and mountain lions in Los Angeles are just a few examples of the wildest populations moving to cities.
National Geographic