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5th Edition

Planning in the USA
Policies, Issues, and Processes

  • Available for pre-order on June 27, 2023. Item will ship after July 18, 2023
ISBN 9780367478629
July 18, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
776 Pages 82 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Extensively revised and updated, Planning in the USA, 5th edition continues to provide a comprehensive introduction to the policies, theory and practice of planning.

Outlining land use, urban planning, and environmental protection policies, this fully illustrated book explains the nature of the planning process and the way in which policy issues are identified, defined, and approached. The new edition incorporates new planning legislation and regulations at the state and federal layers of government, and examples of local ordinances in a variety of planning areas. New material includes discussions of:

• education and equity in planning;

• the City Beautiful Movement;

• Daniel Burnham’s Plan for Chicago;

• Segregation;

• Knick v. Township of Scott;

• reforming single-family zoning, and regulatory challenges in zoning and land use;

• Daniel Parolek’s "Missing Middle Housing’;

• climate change, mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency

• the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan;

• sharing programs for cars, bicycles and scooters;

• hybrid electric and autonomous vehicles;

• Vision Zero;

• COVID-19 relief for housing;

• Innovation Districts, Promise Zones, and Opportunity Zones;

• the sharing, gig, and creative economies;

• scenic views and vistas, monuments, statues and remembering the past;

• healthy cities, Health Impact Assessment, and active living;

This detailed account of urbanization in the United States reveals the problematic nature and limitations of the planning process, the fallibility of experts, and the difficulties facing policy-makers in their search for solutions. Planning in the USA, 5th edition is an essential book for students of urban planning, urban politics, environmental geography, and environment politics. It will be a valuable resource for planners and all who are concerned with the nature of contemporary urban and environmental problems.

Table of Contents



1 The nature of planning

2 Urbanization

3 Governing and planning urban areas

Part 2 Land Use Regulations

4 The comprehensive plan

5 The evolving institutional and legal framework of planning and zoning

6 The techniques of zoning and subdivision regulation

7 City financing and planning for development


8 Growth management and local governments

9 Growth management and the states


10 Environmental policy and planning

11 The limits of environmental policy

12 Planning for sustainability, climate change and resiliency


13 The centrality of transportation

14 Housing

15 Community and economic development

16 Urban design and aesthetics

17 Heritage and historic preservation

18 Planning for livable cities

19 Technology and Smart Cities


20 Some final questions


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Roger W. Caves is Professor Emeritus of City Planning, School of Public Affairs, San Diego State University.

Barry Cullingworth was Emeritus Professor of Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware, and held posts at the Universities of Manchester, Durham, Glasgow, Birmingham, Toronto and Cambridge.