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New and Bestselling Titles

  • Parking and the City

    By Donald Shoup

    Donald Shoup brilliantly overcame the challenge of writing about parking without being boring in his iconoclastic 800-page book The High Cost of Free Parking. Easy to read and often entertaining, the book showed that city parking policies subsidize cars, encourage sprawl, degrade urban design,…

    Paperback – 2018-04-11

  • Creating Healthy Neighborhoods

    Evidence-Based Planning and Design Strategies

    By Ann Forsyth, Emily Salomon, Laura Smead

    Good housing. Easy transit. Food access. Green spaces. Gathering places. Everybody wants to live in a healthy neighborhood. Bridging the gap between research and practice, it maps out ways for cities and towns to help their residents thrive in placed designed for living well, approaching health…

    Paperback – 2017-09-15

  • The Ethical Planning Practitioner

    By Jerry Weitz

    If a local college gives a city planner tickets to a sold-out football game, is it wrong to take them — even if the planner pays? Should a planning consultant bid on a project that has a clearly unrealistic timeframe? Can a planning director moonlight for another agency? For practicing planners,…

    Paperback – 2016-02-07

  • Rural by Design

    Planning for Town and Country, 2nd Edition

    By Randall Arendt

    For America’s rural and suburban areas, new challenges demand new solutions. Author Randall Arendt meets them in an entirely new edition of Rural by Design. When this planning classic first appeared 20 years ago, it showed how creative, practical land-use planning can preserve open space and keep…

    Paperback – 2015-03-30

  • Environmental Planning Handbook

    2nd Edition

    By Tom Daniels

    Environmental protection is a global issue. But most of the action is happening at the local level. How can communities keep their air clean, their water pure, and their people and property safe from climate and environmental hazards? Newly updated, The Environmental Planning Handbook gives local…

    Paperback – 2014-10-08

  • Planning Commissioners Guide

    2nd Edition

    By C Gregory Dale, Benjamin A Herman, Anne McBride

    Across the country, communities rely on their planning commissions for guidance. But who guides the planning commissioners? This step-by-step guidebook gets new commissioners off on the right foot and helps experienced commission members navigate their roles. The authors, all practicing planners,…

    Paperback – 2014-10-07

  • Planning Chicago

    By D. Bradford Hunt, Jon B DeVries

    In this volume the authors tell the real stories of the planners, politicians, and everyday people who shaped contemporary Chicago, starting in 1958, early in the Richard J. Daley era. Over the ensuing decades, planning did much to develop the Loop, protect Chicago’s famous lakefront, and…

    Paperback – 2013-11-13

  • Planning in the Face of Conflict

    The Surprising Possibilities of Facilitative Leadership

    By John F Forester

    Bikers and hikers. Sex workers and social conservatives. Agencies and activists. The people involved in planning for a site—or a community—can be like the Hatfields and McCoys. And the process brings them together face to face and toe to toe. How can planners take conflicted communities from…

    Paperback – 2013-11-13

  • The High Cost of Free Parking

    Updated Edition

    By Donald Shoup

    One of the American Planning Association’s most popular and influential books is finally in paperback, with a new preface from the author on how thinking about parking has changed since this book was first published. In this no-holds-barred treatise, Donald Shoup argues that free parking has…

    Paperback – 2011-04-01

  • Qualitative Analysis for Planning & Policy

    Beyond the Numbers

    By John Gaber, Sharon Gaber

    This book explains how to use and adapt these techniques and how to integrate these methods with more traditional qualitative research. Chapters offer step-by-step guidance to setting up various kinds of qualitative research projects, collecting data, organizing data, and analyzing data. Case…

    Hardback – 2007-12-15

  • Planning in Plain English

    Writing Tips for Urban and Environmental Planners

    By Natalie Macris

    In this volume, the author draws from more than a decade of editing experience to explain how to craft clear, understandable, and highly readable planning documents. The author suggests ways to overcome planners' most common writing foibles: acronymns, jargon, and overuse of the passive…

    Paperback – 2002-04-01

  • Planning Theory for Practitioners

    By Michael Brooks

    This book is recommended reading for planners preparing to take the AICP exam. In this new book, the author bridges the gap between theory and practice. The author describes an original approach-Feedback Strategy-that builds on the strengths of previous planning theories with one big…

    Paperback – 2002-01-01

  • Job of the Planning Commissioner

    By Albert Solnit

    A popular and practical guide on how to be an effective planning commissioner. Filled with checklists and outlines, it's both a good introduction and a handy reference. Includes a training checklist for new commissioners, criteria for keeping a master plan in working order, lists of tools to guide…

    Paperback – 1987-06-01

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