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6 days ago
A new book explains why people object to new housing in their neighborhoods, and whether these "neighborhood defenders" are representative of the public as a whole.
Michael Lewyn
Feature
July 15, 2020, 9am PDT
The 10th anniversary of "Cities for People" offers the occasion for this interview with Jan Gehl, who has devoted a 60-year career to ideas about humanistic city planning—ideas of increasing relevance in 2020.
Jan Gehl
July 12, 2020, 7am PDT
In “Redlined: A Novel of Boston” by Richard W. Wise, an organizer's murder in 1970s Jamaica Plain exposes
Shelterforce Magazine
June 24, 2020, 9am PDT
The Houston story gets a new telling in a recently published book by Stephen Klineberg.
Texas Monthly
Feature
April 21, 2020, 5am PDT
Software and other fields have made brilliant progress with the pattern language methodology, while built environment fields lag badly, mired in parochial debates over the massive book that invented the methodology.
Michael Mehaffy
Blog post
March 16, 2020, 12pm PDT

In "A History of Street Networks," Lawrence Aurbach discusses the intellectual movements driving the growth of suburban-style street design.

Michael Lewyn
March 13, 2020, 7am PDT
A book review of a book published this year with the title, "The Art of Classic Planning: Building Beautiful and Enduring Communities," offers stinging criticism of the past and present of planning.
The American Conservative
Feature
March 12, 2020, 8am PDT
Managing development at the scale of megaregions is possible. An excerpt from the recently published book, "Designing for the Megaregion: Meeting Urban Challenges at a New Scale," written by Jonathan Barnett, explains how.
Jonathan Barnett
February 26, 2020, 9am PST
"Golden Gates: The Fight for for Housing in America," a new book by New York Times reporter Conor Dougherty, chronicles the early days of the YIMBY movement in the Bay Area.
California Planning & Development Report
Feature
December 2, 2019, 12pm PST
These 14 books, selected by Planetizen for lasting relevance and excellence in research and rhetoric, will continue to define the ambitions and the shortcomings of the urban planning field in the decade that was the 2010s.
James Brasuell, Josh Stephens
Blog post
November 1, 2019, 5am PDT
Does gentrification always follow massive disinvestment?
Michael Lewyn
October 26, 2019, 7am PDT
A new book traces the path of the influential mobility company from its earliest days and through its many organizational and leadership ups and downs.
CityLab
October 23, 2019, 2pm PDT
A new book argues that buses are an integral part of successful mobility networks and that better bus systems improve cities in ways benefiting all residents.
CityLab
Feature
July 7, 2019, 1pm PDT
Architecture critic Paul Goldberger analyzes the evolution of baseball stadiums and celebrates their essential connection to cities in "Ballpark: Baseball in the American City."
Josh Stephens
June 17, 2019, 12pm PDT
Los Angeled has plenty of urban wildlife, but people don’t usually associate the city with the term biodiversity. L.A. County park planner Clement Lau offers a book review on the a book on that subject, "Wild LA."
UrbDeZine
May 6, 2019, 6am PDT
For those of us who could stand to learn more about zoning, Nolan Gray gives us a list of suggested reading material for the beginner on up.
Market Urbanism
April 19, 2019, 5am PDT
The Municipalists, a new novel by Seth Fried, will definitely appeal to fiction-reading urban planners.
CityLab
March 28, 2019, 8am PDT
A book by Loretta Lees and Martin Phillips, published in 2018, is reviewed and recommended to "graduates studying anthropology of cities, urbanism, geography, and new urban identities."
Electronic Green Journal
Blog post
March 27, 2019, 2pm PDT
In Order Without Design, Alain Bertaud takes a middle position between consistent supporters of suburbia and sprawl critics.
Michael Lewyn
March 7, 2019, 8am PST
A new book by Samuel Stein links planning to the causes of a global finance industry that values worldwide real estate at $217 trillion, or 60 percent of the world's assets.
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