Planetizen's Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning is a fascinating review of major topics and issues discussed in the field of urban planning, assembled by editors at Planetizen, the leading source of news and information for the planning and development community on the web. The book brings together a wide range of editorial and discussion topics, coupled with commentary and overviews to create an enlightening record of the continuously evolving philosophy of building and ...
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Planetizen's Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning is a fascinating review of major topics and issues discussed in the field of urban planning, assembled by editors at Planetizen, the leading source of news and information for the planning and development community on the web. The book brings together a wide range of editorial and discussion topics, coupled with commentary and overviews to create an enlightening record of the continuously evolving philosophy of building and managing cities.
The book's contributors include the most well-known experts in the planning and design fields, among them James Howard Kunstler, Alex Garvin, Andres Duany, Joel Kotkin, and Wendell Cox. These and other prominent thinkers offer passionate debates and thought-provoking commentary on the most important and controversial topics in the field of urban planning and design: gentrification, eminent domain, the philosophical divide between the Smart Growth community, libertarians and New Urbanists, regional growth patterns, urban design trends, transportation systems, and reaction to disasters such as Katrina and 9/11 that changed the way we look at cities and security.
Planetizen's Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning provides readers with a unique and accessible introduction to a broad array of ideas and perspectives. With the increasing awareness of the need for sound urban planning to ensure the economic, environmental, and social health of modern society, Planetizen's Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning gives professionals in the field and concerned citizens alike a deeper understanding of the critical, complex issues that continue to challenge urban planners, designers, and developers.
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Editorial Reviews

Conscious Choice
"Planetizen, the popular online Planning and Develoment Network (Planetizen.com) has just released Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning (Island Press, 2007), which, in great and passionate detail, tackles the most controversial topics in urban planning. Contributors include well-known experts in the planning and design fields"
New Urban News
"The essayists include a number of individuals who have played prominent roles in New Urbanism and Smart Growth or who have interesting perspectives on the potential of these closely aligned movements...I wish the editors had identified the readers whose responses appear in this slim volume. Some of them are very astute, and it would be useful to know who they are and where they come from. Despite its defects, Planetizen's book does provide insights into some of the great urban design andplanning issues of this decade."
California Bookwatch
"College-level collections strong in urban planning and land use issues need this collection, which outlines issues in urban planning and comes from Planetizen, the web's source of news and details for the planning community. Experts in the field offer debates and arguments on some of the most controversial issues facing modern urban designers, making for a particularly valuable guide for classroom study and debate."
Professor and Chair, Department of City &d Regional Planning, School of Design - Dr. Eugenie L. Birch
"This splendid collection lays out today's planning issues with startling clarity. It is a joy to read, a testimony to free speech and a test of your beliefs. Read it!"
from his foreword - Neal Peirce
"This book…provides a rich array of competing, clashing, and on occasion surprisingly compatible prescriptions and predictions on how the country's growing, its real choices, the ideological and economic choices it faces."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597269247
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Planetizen is a public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design and development community.planetizen.org

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Neal Peirce     xi
Acknowledgments     xvii
Introduction     1
Sprawl vs. Smart Growth
Introduction$dthe Editors of Planetizen     3
A Tipping Point-But Now the Hard Part   Anthony Flint     6
The Argument Against Smart Growth   Wendell Cox     10
Prescription for Urban Sprawl: Adapting Smart Growth Strategies to a Big City   Michael Woo     18
How We Pay for Growth   William Fulton     23
What Is the New Suburbanism?   Joel Kotkin     28
Preserving the American Dream by Cost, Not Coercion   Randal O'Toole     34
Zoning in a Time Warp: The Coming "Oversupply" of Single-Family Homes   Harriet Tregoning     39
Transportation     45
Introduction$dthe Editors of Planetizen
Ten Keys to Walkable Communities   Dan Burden     48
The Price of Parking on Great Streets   Donald C. Shoup     52
The Pricing Revolution on the Roads   Peter Samuel     57
A Celebration of Independence: How Temporal Use of Streets Can Be a Catalyst For Change   Kenneth E. Kruckemeyer     61
Making TODs Work: Lessons from Portland's Orenco Station   Michael Mehaffy     66
Urban Design     73
Introduction$dthe Editors of Planetizen
Planning for the Public Realm   Alexander Garvin     75
Making Better Places: Ten City Design Resolutions   Jeff Speck     80
Principles Essential to the Renewal of Architecture   Andres Duany     90
Why New Urbanism Fails   Christopher Dewolf     95
Urban Parks: Innovate or Stagnate   Fred Kent     102
Disaster Planning     107
Introduction$dthe Editors of Planetizen
Recovering New Orleans   Thomas J. Campanella     110
The End of Tall Buildings   James Howard Kunstler   Nikos A. Salingaros     117
Fortifying America: Planning for Fear   Edward J. Blakely     129
Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery   Robert B. Olshansky     134
Society and Planning     141
Introduction$dthe Editors of Planetizen
Is Gentrification Really a Threat?   John Norquist     144
Gentrification Reality Tour: Neither Benign Nor Benevolent   Charles Shaw     150
Is Kelo Good for Urban Planning?   Samuel R. Staley     156
Bring Schools Back into Walkable Neighborhoods   Constance E. Beaumont      161
The Lone Mountain Compact: A Debate on Libertarian Planning Principles   C. Kenneth Orski   G.B. Arrington   Patrick Condon   John H. Hooker     166
Editors and Contributors     173
Index     179
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