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Jarrett Walker offers insights into "Right of Way," a book written last year by Angie Schmitt that is influencing the traffic safety conversation and pushing the fields of planning and engineering in new directions.
Human Transit
May 18, 2021, 6am PDT
A new book, "Diverging Space for Deviants," connects public housing with political power.
WABE
February 21, 2021, 7am PST
Richard Peiser and Ann Forsyth discuss their latest book, New Towns for the Twenty-First Century: A Guide to Planned Communities Worldwide, with the Penn Institute for Urban Research.
Penn IUR Urban Link
Feature
January 19, 2021, 12pm PST
Simon Winchester's new book, Land, brings global scope to the concepts of land use.
Josh Stephens
Feature
November 30, 2020, 8am PST
The public health crisis of the coronavirus pandemic upended all the normal day-today routines this year. At least there are plenty of great urban planning books to read.
Josh Stephens, James Brasuell
November 10, 2020, 11am PST
A new book created by the Sonoran Institute explains how exploratory scenario planning can be useful to prepare for the uncertainty of water in the near- and long-term future.
Sonoran Institute
Feature
October 29, 2020, 5am PDT
An excerpt from a new book by Josh Stephens, "The Urban Mystique: Notes on California, Los Angeles, and Beyond," published by Solimar Books.
Josh Stephens
Feature
October 21, 2020, 12pm PDT
An excerpt from the new book by Shane Phillips, "The Affordable City," published by Island Press.
Shane Phillips
October 21, 2020, 10am PDT
Andre M. Perry’s "Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities" reveals the web of historical and contemporary socioeconomic barriers that maintain the racial wealth divide.
Shelterforce Magazine
Blog post
October 5, 2020, 8am PDT
In Right of Way, Angie Schmitt explains why U.S. pedestrian fatalities have increased in recent years.
Michael Lewyn
September 9, 2020, 12pm PDT
Angie Schmitt, former editor at Streetsblog USA, has written a new book about pedestrian fatalities, which works to dispel some of the myths about traffic safety in the United States.
Curbed
September 8, 2020, 8am PDT
Declining rents won't be a silver lining in the post-pandemic housing crisis.
Citymetric
August 18, 2020, 11am PDT
There is finally a guidebook for one of the country's largest city parks. Learn more about it in this L.A. Times review.
Los Angeles Times
Feature
August 18, 2020, 8am PDT
Dan Parolek, inventor of the term Missing Middle Housing, has written a new book on the subject, available now from Island Press. The following excerpts offer insight into overcoming planning and regulatory barriers to deliver the desired housing.
Dan Parolek
Blog post
August 3, 2020, 7am PDT
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 an epic battle over the future of American cities.
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