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11th Edition

Contemporary Urban Planning

ISBN 9781138666382
Published September 1, 2016 by Routledge
476 Pages 87 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Planning is a highly political activity. It is immersed in politics and inseparable from the law. Urban and regional planning decisions often involve large sums of money, both public and private, with the potential to deliver large benefits to some and losses to others. Contemporary Urban Planning, 11e provides students with an unvarnished and in-depth introduction to the historic, economic, political, legal, ideological, and environmental factors affecting urban planning today, and emphasizes the importance of considering who wins and who loses in planning decision making.

The extensively revised and updated 11th edition of this beloved text tackles the most pressing recent issues in urban development—including the major turn toward reurbanization, Affordable Housing and the particular housing needs of an aging population, new developments in public transportation planning, policy, and technology, standards for "green" buildings, the second Obama administration’s environmental policy and energy planning, as well as the rapidly growing and critical field of planning for natural catastrophes. Contemporary Urban Planning is an essential resource for students, city planners, and all who are concerned with the nature of contemporary urban development problems.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Background and Development of Contemporary Urban Planning

1. An Overview

2. The Urbanization of America

3. The History of Planning: Part I

4. The History of Planning: Part II

Part 2: The Structure and Practice of Contemporary Planning

5. The Legal Basis of Planning

6. Planning and Politics

7. The Social Issues

8. The Comprehensive Plan

9. The Tools of Land-Use Planning

Part 3: Fields of Planning

10. Urban Design

11. Urban Renewal and Community Development

12. Transportation Planning

13. Economic Development Planning

14. Growth Management, Smart Growth, Sustainable Development, and Planning for Catastrophe

15. Environmental and Energy Planning

16. Planning for Metropolitan Regions

Part 4: Larger Questions

17. National Planning in the United States

18. Planning in Other Nations

19. Planning Theory

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John M. Levy is Professor Emeritus at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA, USA.


"This latest edition of John Levy’s book is a must-read for all students interested in cities, towns, suburbs, regions, and their betterment. What distinguishes this volume from others is the comprehensive scope, the accessible style, and the appropriate balance between theory and practice. As usual, I will be using it in my undergraduate class—with great delight!"Sonia A. Hirt, Virginia Tech, USA