Rediscovering Thomas Adams: Rural Planning and Development in Canada

Overview

Rural depopulation, protection of natural resources,
suburbanization, affordable housing, mass transportation, loss of fertile lands -- these are modern problems, yet they are not new.
Thomas Adams grappled with these same concerns nearly a century ago,
when he wrote Rural Planning and Development, a comprehensive overview of planning issues...

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Overview

Rural depopulation, protection of natural resources,
suburbanization, affordable housing, mass transportation, loss of fertile lands -- these are modern problems, yet they are not new.
Thomas Adams grappled with these same concerns nearly a century ago,
when he wrote Rural Planning and Development, a comprehensive overview of planning issues at the time of the First World War.

Rediscovering Thomas Adams reintroduces a new generation to a text that quickly became a touchstone for planners and planning in Canada
Updated with commentaries by Canada’s leading planners who hold up Adams’ text as a mirror to reflect upon contemporary planning issues, this richly illustrated book highlights Adams’ influence on the planning profession and the continued significance of his comprehensive, pragmatic vision for building better rural and urban communities. Chapter by chapter, from production and systems of surveying to government policies and legislation, the contributors not only place Adams’ text and Canadian planning in historical context, they also put forward a new vision of what planning and development can be.

First published in 1917, Rural Planning and Development
continues to resonate as a broad vision for planning, one that moves beyond the demands of the moment to offer a long-term vision for a better future.

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Editorial Reviews

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Thomas Adams' book is a significant part of the history of planning in Canada … It tells us much about rural planning and development at a time when Canada first began to be transformed into an urban nation … The authors [of the commentaries] have seized upon its republication as an opportunity to explore contemporary rural planning and development issues.

- Michael Bunce, Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Social Sciences, University of Toronto

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780774819244
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 7/19/2012
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction

Wayne J. Caldwell

RURAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT BY THOMAS ADAMS WITH COMMENTARIES

I Introductory

Commentary by Jeanne M. Wolfe

II Rural Population and Production in Canada

Commentary by Michael Troughton

III Present Systems of Surveying and Planning Land in Rural
Areas

Commentary by Hok-Lin Leung

IV Rural Transportation and Distribution: Railways and Highways

Commentary by Ian Wight

V Rural Problems that Arise in Connection with Land Development

Commentary by Len Gertler

VI Organization of Rural Life and Rural Industries

Commentary by Tony Fuller

VI Government Policies and Land Development

Commentary by Jill L. Grant

VI Returned Soldiers and Land Settlement

Commentary by John Devlin

IX Provincial Planning and Development Legislation

Commentary by Gary Davidson

X Outline of Proposals and General Conclusions

Commentary by Wayne J. Caldwell

Appendices

Indexes

Contributors

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