April 8, 2013

New Publications from the American Planning Association

New Books

In Motion: The Experience of Travel [Paperback]
By Tony Hiss
This intriguing book starts with the idea that travel gives us "open-sesame" moments when we suddenly see even familiar surroundings with fresh eyes. The experience — Hiss calls it Deep Travel — can happen whether we're on a trek through the Khyber Pass or a trip to the mailbox. With stories of his own journeys and passages from celebrated travel writers, he makes the transcendental experience come alive. In Motion opens new paths of understanding for urban and regional planners, architects and landscape architects, and everyone else involved in creating transportation systems and public spaces. It's a journey worth taking. $14.95 ($9.95 APA Member)

Crime and Planning: Building Socially Sustainable Communities [Hardcover]
By Derek Paulsen
Planners, says author Derek J. Paulsen, underestimate their power to fight crime. Some widely used planning models, such as permeable street networks, may even set the stage for criminal activity. Crime and Planning gives practicing planners the tools they need to help head off crime in their communities. It provides an overview of crime patterns and shows how they intersect with planning. It makes the case for crime prevention as a key part of sustainability. And it presents success stories of planning techniques that have reduced crime in residential and retail settings. Planners will come away better prepared to play a role in creating safer, more socially sustainable communities. $79.95 ($64.95 APA Member)

Planning Chicago [Paperback]
By D. Bradford Hunt and Jon B. DeVries, AICP
In Planning Chicago, Hunt and DeVries 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 encourage industrial growth and neighborhood development in the face of national trends that savaged other cities. But planning also failed some of Chicago's communities and did too little for others. The Second City is no longer defined by its past and its myths but by the nature of its emerging postindustrial future.

Planning Chicago looks beyond Burnham's giant shadow to see the sprawl and scramble of a city always on the make. This isn't the way other history books tell the story. But it's the Chicago way. $34.95 ($24.95 APA Member)

The Planning Commissioners Guide, New Edition [paperback]
By C. Gregory Dale, FAICP, Benjamin Herman, FAICP, and Anne McBride, FAICP
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, have worked extensively with planning commissions for decades. They have watched commissioners scramble up a steep learning curve, sit in the hot seat of controversy, and strive to make sound decisions for the places they call home. Eight detailed chapters cover everything from the nuts and bolts of development applications to the nuances of legal issues to the part commissioners play in long-range planning. Readers will learn how to prepare for their first commission meeting, review a development plan, invite productive public input, and steer clear of ethical dilemmas. $29.95 ($19.95 APA Member)

Pedestrian and Transit-Oriented Design
By Reid Ewing and Keith Bartholomew
This practical guide shows how to make the leap from urban sprawl to smart growth. It walks readers through a detailed checklist of pedestrian- and transit-friendly features, from short blocks and safe crossings to street grids and special paving. Pedestrian and Transit-Oriented Design turns a half-century of urban design theory into step-by-step directions for creating walkable cities. It’s must reading for planners, planning commissioners, city council members, developers, and citizens who want to put their communities on the path to a healthier future. $59.95 ($39.95 APA Member)

The Ethical Planning Practitioner[Paperback]
By Jerry Weitz, FAICP
Written for planning practitioners, this is the first ethics guide based on the 2009 revision of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. A variety of scenarios present real-life dilemmas based on the code's 26 rules of conduct. Each scenario comes with educational tools and suggested variations so training facilitators can use them again and again. In an era prone to skepticism, planners must exercise constant diligence to remain on the right side of ethics. The Ethical Practicing Planner will not only instruct but inspire planners to strengthen the public's trust. $31.95 ($20.95 APA member)

New Planning Advisory Service Reports

Planning for the Deceased (PAS 575) [Paperback]
By Christopher Coutts, Carlton Basmajian, Dwight Merrian, FAICP, and Patricia Salkin
This sensible yet sensitive guide addresses questions planners everywhere are facing. The authors look at public health implications, private versus public interests, and the complex web of state and federal oversight. The discussion also explores diverse religious customs and alternatives to traditional interment, from cremation to burial at sea. Case studies show the range of creative approaches cities have adopted, from New Orleans's above-ground tombs to London's Necropolis railway to densely populated Hong Kong's tradition of cremation. An appendix lists comprehensive plans that include cemetery provisions as well as state laws that govern cemeteries, funeral homes, and crematoria. Planners, commissioners, and public officials across the country will find this report a valuable resource as they plan for the ultimate future of their communities' residents. $40

Green Infrastructure: A Landscape Approach (PAS 571) [Paperback]
By David Rousee, AICP, and Ignacio Bunster-Ossa
Communities are turning their attention to the central planning challenge of our time: sustainability. And they are discovering, or rediscovering, the benefits of green infrastructure — infrastructure that takes advantage of the natural landscape. This well-grounded report shows how green infrastructure cleans the air and water, replenishes aquifers, reduces flooding, and moderates the climate. And the benefits go beyond improving the environment. Green infrastructure also promotes healthy exercise and access to more locally grown food. It makes communities safer and even helps reduce crime. It also boosts the economy as it attracts business, raises property values, and lowers energy and healthcare costs. $60

Rules that Shape Urban Form (PAS 570) [Paperback]
By Donald Elliot, FAICP, Matthew Goebel, AICP, and Chad Meadows, AICP
From the Euclidean box to the SmartCode, planners have a wide range of tools for shaping the form of cities and how they function. This practical report looks at six ways cities have adopted "form-based" zoning tools and the results that followed. Case studies describe the pros, cons, and consequences of form-based zoning regulations in Austin, Texas; Mooresville, North Carolina; Denver; Arlington, Virginia; Livermore, California; and Miami. Interviews with planners in each community give real-world perspectives on choosing, implementing, and evaluating form controls. Because form doesn't exist in a vacuum, the report also looks at the planning challenges of housing affordability, carbon emissions, aging populations, and preservation. Which form controls support positive change in these areas — and which work against it? Lessons learned from cities across the country offer guidance for planners facing these challenges in their own communities. $60

Planning and Broadband (PAS 569) [paperback]
By Kathleen McMahon, AICP, Ronald Thomas, FAICP, and Charles Kaylor
In the digital age, local planners must make broadband infrastructure as commonplace as water, sewerage, and power systems, this report argues. Giving concrete examples, it shows how high-speed broadband can help communities reduce auto dependence, promote job creation, pursue smart growth, and spark civic participation. With broadband infrastructure, communities also gain access to new technologies that can save electricity, manage natural resources, and respond to climate change. This forward-looking guide offers best practices and case studies from cities and towns across the country successfully planning for broadband. Local planners will find practical ideas for closing the digital divide in their own backyards and using broadband to foster vibrant, sustainable communities. $40


Roberta Rewers, APA Public Affairs; 312-786-6395; rrewers@planning.org

Review copies available upon request.