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City Planning Books

The following are books about city planning and urban design that I have enjoyed reading. As I read new ones, I’ll post them here. If you are thinking of purchasing any of these books, please consider clicking through to from this page, as it will support this blog financially. Thank you!

1. The Death and Life of Great American Cities
by Jane Jacobs

This book is considered a classic within the City Planning industry. In it, Jacobs talks about neighborhood parks, sidewalks, city blocks, buildings, concentration, and diversity. I highly recommend it.

2. The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Placemaking
By Jay Walljasper

Jay Walljasper is a senior fellow at the Project for Public Spaces in New York, New York. This book is an excellent step by step guide to creating a great public space in your very own neighborhood. It is full of colorful photographs of what others have done to improve their neighborhoods.

3. Livable Cities Observed
By Suzanne Crowhurst Lennard & Henry Lennard

This book should be on every City Planner’s bookshelf. Using examples from all over the world, but predominantly from Europe, the author shows what specific things make places great. The book is full of photos and tips.

4. Planetizen 2009 Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs

With detailed profiles of 100 programs in the U.S. and Canada, the 2009 Guide is the most thorough and comprehensive resource covering master’s degree programs in urban planning, and is an essential tool for anyone considering graduate study in urban planning and closely related fields.

Profiles of current graduate students and professional planners give prospective students an insider’s view of the industry, helping them find the best school to meet their needs, along with advice on graduate school applications. 

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