What is a livable community? How do you design and develop one? What does government at all levels need to do to support and nuture the cause of livable communities?
Using a blend of theory and practice, experts in the field look at evidence from international, state and local perspectives to explore what is meant by the term "livable communities". Chapters examine the various influencing factors such as the effect and importance of transportation options/alternatives to the elderly, the significance of walkability as a factor in developing a livable and healthy community, the importance of good open space providing for human activity and health, restorative benefits, the importance of coordinated land use and transportation planning, and the relationship between livability and quality of life.
While much of the discussion of this topic is usually theoretical and abstract, Wagner and Caves use case studies from North America, Brazil and the United Kingdom to provide substantive examples of initiatives implemented across the world. This book fills an important gap in the literature on livable communities and at the same time assists policy officials, professionals and academics in their quest to develop livable communities.
Table of Contents
Preface Daniel J. Monti 1. Introduction to Community Livability Robert K. Whelan 2. Public Policy Promotion of Livable Communities Judith A. Martin 3. Variations in Regulatory Factors Affecting Neighborhood Livability: An International Perspective Elise Bright 4. Creating Sustainable Communities – A Trans-Atlantic Perspective David Shaw, Simon Pemberton, and Alexander Nurse 5. Aging as the Foundation for Livable Communities Deborah Howe 6. Perceived Livability and Sense of Community: Lessons for Designers from a Favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Vicente del Rio, Daniel Levi, and Cristiane Rose Duarte 7. Living Downtown in the Twenty-first Century: Past Trends and Future Policy Concerns Eugenie L. Birch 8. The Cultural Component of Livability: Loss and Recovery in Post-Katrina New Orleans Jane S. Brooks and Rebecca Houtman 9. Public Participation in Neighborhood Planning, A Neglected Aspect of Community Livability: The Case of Seattle Hilda Blanco 10. Envisioning A City’s Green Infrastructure for Community Livability Nancy D. Rottle and Brice Maryman 11. Does Land Use and Transportation Coordination Really Make a Difference Creating Livable Communities? Ruth L. Steiner 12. Livability, Health, and Community Design Sarah Heaton Kennedy and Andrew L. Dannenberg 13. Final Thoughts on Community Livability Roger Caves and Fritz Wagner
Fritz Wagner is a Research Professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington (Seattle). He directs the Northwest Center for Livable Communites and teaches part-time. Before joining UW he was at the University of New Orleans where he founded the College of Urban and Public Affairs and served as its Dean.
Roger Caves is Professor of City Planning, School of Public Affairs, San Diego State University. He received his PhD in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware in 1982. He is co-author of Planning in the USA, 2nd and 3rd editions (Routledge, 2003, 2008), editor of the Encyclopedia of the City (Routledge, 2005), editor of Exploring Urban America, and author of Land Use Planning: The Ballot Box Revolution. His research areas include urban planning, direct democracy, housing, information technologies and community development, and planning for sustainable development.