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The Urban and Regional Planning Reader

1st Edition

Edited by Eugénie Birch


496 pages | 76 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415319980
pub: 2008-12-12
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The Urban and Regional Planning Reader draws together the very best of classic and contemporary writings to illuminate the planning of cities and metropolitan areas. Forty-seven generous selections include contributions from Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs, Ian McHarg, Paul Davidoff, Charles Harr, Susan Fainstein and Charles J. Hoch through to Timothy Beatley; Jonathan Barnett, Alex Garvin, Tom Daniels, Andres Duany and Barbara Faga. The variety and wide selection of readings offers one of the most innovative amalgamations of planning research and practice.

The Reader lays out the context, range of concerns, history, methods and key topics for twenty-first century urban and regional planning. Sections on the world of planning, history and theory, classic readings, practice and current issues include writings with a focus on the distribution of space and place, essays on housing, transportation design, environment, community development, the effects of cultural diversity and information technology on land use and other topics. It displays the techniques used to direct and control growth, including zoning, master planning, public budgeting and citizen participation. It explores different types of plans distinguished by their scale and reference type. It references analytical and presentation techniques and outlines ethical issues confronting planners.

This Urban and Regional Planning Reader provides an essential resource, for students of planning, drawing together important but widely dispersed writings and the associated bibliography is a resource which enables deeper investigations. The synthesis is also valuable for lecturers and researches in the area and the pertinent editorial commentaries preceding each entry not only demonstrate its significance, but also outline the issue surrounding the topic.


"Educators unfamiliar with Routledge’s Urban Reader series will find The Urban and Regional Planning Reader to be a refreshing collection for introductory planning classes. Birch’s reader goes beyond the typical compilation of articles organized by topic and introduced by short prefaces to become a truly artful anthology of seminal and forward-looking writings about urban and regional planning." Journal of the American Planning Association, March 2010

"[Birch] should be commended for navigating such a broad field to assemble this generally representative survey."—Michael R. Glass, Urban Studies Program, University of Pittsuburgh, in The Pennsylvania Geographer 48, 1

Table of Contents

Introduction (EUGÉNIE L. BIRCH) PART 1. THE WORLD OF URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING Introduction 1. "The State of the World’s Cities" (JAY H. MOOR and RASNA WARAH) 2. "Megaforces Shaping the Future of the Nation’s Cities" (U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT) 3. "Planning, Urban Revitalization and Inner City: An Exploration of Structural Racism" (CATHERINE L. ROSS and NANCEY GREEN LEIGH) 4. "Pluralistic Planning for Multicultural Cities" (MOHAMMAD A. QADEER) 5. "Suburbia: Homeland of the American Future" (JOEL KOTKIN) 6. "The New Suburban Typology" (MYRON ORFIELD) PART 2. HISTORY AND THEORY OF URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING Introduction 7. "Modernism and Early Urban Planning" (RICHARD T. LEGATES and FREDERIC STOUT) 8. "Reflections and Research on the U.S. Experience" (MICHAEL B. TEITZ) 9. "Practitioners and the Art of Planning" (EUGÉNIE L. BIRCH) 10. "The Shapes of Suburbia" (DOLORES HAYDEN) 11. "Ramapo at Thirty, The Changing Role of the Plan in Land Use Regulation" (EDWARD J. SULLIVAN and MATTHEW J. MICHEL) 12. "Anglo-American Town Planning Theory Since 1945: Three Significant Developments But No Paradigm Shifts" (NIGEL TAYLOR) 13. "New Directions in Planning Theory" (SUSAN FAINSTEIN) PART 3. CLASSICS IN URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING Introduction 14. "Dimensions of Performance" (KEVIN LYNCH) 15. "Downtown is for People" (JANE JACOBS) 16. "Home Remedies for Urban Cancer" (LEWIS MUMFORD) 17. "The Master Plan, An Impermanent Constitution" (CHARLES HAAR) 18. "Advocacy and Pluralism in Planning" (PAUL DAVIDOFF) 19. "The Metropolitan Region" (IAN MCHARG) 20. "Paying for the Plan" (ROBERT D. YARO and TONY HISS) PART 4. THE PLAN: ITS ORIGINS AND CONTEMPORARY USES Introduction 21. "Twentieth Century Land Use Planning, A Stalwart Family Tree" (EDWARD J. KAISER and DAVID R. GODSCHALK) 22. "Regionalism" (OLIVER GILLHAM) 23. "Does Planning Need the Plan?" (MICHAEL NEUMAN) 24. "How Plans Work" (LEWIS D. HOPKINS) 25. "The Land Planning Arena" (EDWARD J. KAISER, DAVID R. GODSCHALK and F. STUART CHAPIN) 26. "Shaping Cities Through Development Regulations" (JONATHAN BARNETT) PART 5. PLANNING PRACTICE AND METHODS Introduction 27. "Introduction: Planning for People and Places" (CHARLES J. HOCH, LINDA C. DALTON and FRANK S.SO) 28. "Planning Environments" (FRANK S. SO and JUDITH GETZELS) 29. "A Realistic Approach to City and Suburban Planning…Ingredients of Success" (ALEXANDER GARVIN) 30. "Demographic Futures as a Guide to Planning California Latinos and the Compact City" (DOWELL MYERS) 31. "Geographic Information Systems" (Ann-Margaret Esnard, Nancy Sappington and Milton R. Ospina) 32. "The Future of Public Participation" (BARBARA FAGA) 33. "Introduction" (CAROL D. BARRETT) PART 6. KEY TOPICS IN URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING Introduction 34. "Implementing the Solutions, Measures for Achieving Intermodal Balance" (VUKAN UCHIC) 35. "Hopeful Signs Urban Revitalization in the 21st Century" (EUGÉNIE L. BIRCH) 36. "Sprawl and the Tyranny of Easy Development Decisions" (WILLIAM H. LUCY and DAVID L. PHILLIPS) 37. "How To Make a Town" (ANDRÉS DUANY, ELIZABETH PLANTER-ZYBERK and JEFF SPECK) 38. "Environmental Planning" (THOMAS L. DANIELS and KATHERINE DANIELS) 39. "Planning Metropolitan Regions" (GARY HACK) PART 7. EMERGING ISSUES IN URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING Introduction 40. "The Promise of Urban Growth" (UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND) 41. "Land Use and Urban Form: Planning Compact Cities" (TIMOTHY BEATLEY) 42. "Cities Under Siege, Urban Planning and the Threat of Infectious Diseases" (RICHARD A. MATTHEW and BRYAN MCDONALD) 43. "22 A New District for the Creative Economy" (MIQUEL BARCELO) 44. "The Changing Politics of Urban Mega- Projects" (ALAN ALTSCHULER and DAVID LUBEROFF) 45. "Beyond Megalopolis: Exploring America’s New ‘Megapolitan’ Geography" (ROBERT LANG and DAWN DHAVALE) 46. "The spatial organization of cities: Deliberate outcome or unforeseen consequence?" (ALAIN BERTAUD)

About the Editor

Eugenie L Birch FAICP, Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education, Department of City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania.

About the Series

Routledge Urban Reader Series

This exciting series responds to the need for comprehensive coverage of the classic and essential texts that form the basis of intellectual work in the various academic disciplines and professional fields concerned with cities. The readers focus on the key topics encountered by undergraduates, graduates and scholars in urban studies and allied fields, the contributions of major theoreticians and practitioners and other individuals, groups and organizations that study the city or practise in a field that affects the city.
As well as drawing together the best of classic and contemporary writings on the city, each reader features extensive general, section and selection introductions prepared by the volume editors to place the selections in context, illustrate relations among topics, provide information on the author and point readers towards additional related biographic material.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban