Apr 17th, 2011 by Jeramey Jannene
Garbage Land, by Elizabeth Royte, is billed as a book about "the secret trail of trash". The author follows her waste streams from her Brooklyn home to their various destinations across the Northeast. This includes ride alongs with "san men", visits to metal scrappers, discussions with composters, tours of MRF plants (materials recovery facility), water treatment plants, and the Fresh Kills landfill.
Dec 22nd, 2010 by Dave Reid
Milwaukee's former Mayor, John Norquist, in his book The Wealth of Cities writes up the impacts of U.S. policies on our cities, lays out his foundational beliefs that today form a key plank of the New Urbanism movement, and shares his insight into how he believes cities should be governed.
Dec 2nd, 2010 by Dave Reid
The Great Good Place, by Ray Oldenburg, discusses a part of community life that is fading in the U.S., the Third Place. Your First Place, your home, a Second Place is your place of work, and a Third Place is where you will be found when you're not at the other two places.
Nov 25th, 2010 by Jeramey Jannene
Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class, takes a broad look at the current economic crisis in his latest book. Florida starts The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity by examining past economic crises, and how the country emerged stronger from them. These crises, or resets as Florida labels them, are valleys in the country's economic performance when obsolete and dysfunctional systems are replaced by "the seeds of innovation and invention, of creativity and entrepreneurship".
Aug 27th, 2010 by Dave Reid
The High Cost of Free Parking makes the American Planning Association’s 100 Essential Books of Planning, and for good reason. Not because it is a particularly easy read, but because it will challenge the way you think about parking, that is assuming you think about parking.
Aug 8th, 2010 by Jeramey Jannene
Carjacked, The Culture of the Automobile and Its Effects On Our Lives, explores the love, lust, and reality of America's car culture. The authors, Catherine Lutz and Anne Lutz Fernandez, have a refreshing and realistic take on America's car obsession and its broad implications. From a teenager's first car to an adult's quest for the best car on the road, Carjacked has stories from across the country about the lengths people go to to get that coveted automobile. The latter half of the book extensively (but impressively briskly) explores the physiological, economical, and sociological effects of American car culture.
Jul 22nd, 2010 by Dave Reid
“City Comforts - How to Build an Urban Village” by David Sucher is almost a CliffsNotes on the topic of urban planning. While much of planning is about the big things or big projects, “this book shows examples of small things --city comforts-- that make urban life pleasant...
TrafficJun 29th, 2010 by Dave Reid
Tom Vanderbilt's in-depth, fact filled, and thought provoking "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)" dives into how factors, such as human nature, the automobile, and the built environment impact how we drive.
Book ReviewJun 3rd, 2010 by Dave Reid
Author David Owen, makes a strong argument, and one that flies in the face of many activities and technologies that are traditionally labeled as 'green'. Instead he argues that truly living green, is living dense.
Book ReviewMay 27th, 2010 by Dave Reid
Jeff Mapes, author of “Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities,” provides an in-depth history of cycling, and looks at how cycling is changing U.S. cities for the better. Although in the U.S. cycling has long been viewed as a recreational activity, he appropriately ties together the rise of urban biking with urban planning in a story that needed to be told.
Apr 19th, 2010 by Jeramey Jannene
The Plan of Chicago is a quick and easy read that's perhaps best described as a launchpad. Carl Smith breaks down key aspects of Burnham's plan in his book and details how they came to be, who influenced them, and how they turned out. For someone who hasn't actually read the actual plan (not required or expected for reading this book), author Carl Smith uses just the right amount of detail to illustrate the concepts.
Nov 25th, 2009 by Jeramey Jannene
Black Friday is just around the corner, and we want in with the Wal-Mart's and Best Buy's of the world. No we're not opening a big box store at Pabst Farms, but we are unveiling a new feature on the site. If you're one of those inquisitive types that likes to read books (or even someone that just likes to own books to look smart), please consider buying a book from our list of recommended urbanist books.