For America's suburbs, small cities, and rural areas, new challenges demand new solutions. Author Randall Arendt meets them in an entirely new edition of Rural by Design.
With 80 percent new material, the second edition of this planning classic shifts the focus to infilling neighborhoods, strengthening town centers, and moving development closer to schools, shops, and jobs. New chapters cover form-based codes, visioning, sustainability, low-impact development, green infrastructure, and more, while 70 case studies show how these ideas play out in the real world. Readers â€” rural or not â€” will find practical advice about planning for the way we live now.
Part 1: The Character of Towns 1. The Common Qualities of Traditional Towns 2. Changes in the Pattern 3. Future Prospects: Choosing Among Alternative Patterns 4. The Aesthetics of Form in Community Planning 5. Sustainability, Best Practices, and Visionary Planning 6. Vision Plans, Downzoning, and Municipal Balkanization Part 2: Design Approaches 7. Form-Based Coding and Standards for Performance and Design 8. Blending New Urbanism With Greenway Planning and Conservation Design Part 3: Implementation Techniques 9. Broadening Housing Choices 10. Strengthening Town Centers 11. Transforming Gateways and Highway Corridors Part 4: Designing Man-Made Infrastructure 12. Designing Better Streets 13. Low-Impact Development: A Greener Approach to Stormwater 14. Sewage Treatment Alternatives Part 5: Protecting The Natural Infrastructure 15. Greenways: A Healthy Community Builder 16. Protecting and Restoring the Green Infrastructure Network 17. Retaining Farmland and Farmers 18. Transfer of Development Rights in Small Communities 19. Designing Subdivisions to Save Land Part 6: Case Examples 20. In-Town Residential Examples 21. Rural Residential Examples 22. Large-Scale Mixed Use Examples 23. Downtown Commercial and Mixed Use Examples 24. Commercial Corridor Mixed Use Examples 25. Greenways and Greenway Development Examples