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Rural by Design

When this planning classic by author Randall Arendt first appeared 20 years ago, it showed how creative, practical land-use planning can preserve open space and keep community character intact. The second edition of Rural by Design shifts the focus toward infilling neighborhoods, strengthening town centers, and moving development closer to schools, shops, and jobs. Readers will find practical advice about planning for the way we live now.


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Planning Aging-Supportive Communities (PAS 579)

The fastest-growing group of older adults is 85-plus, and the trend is likely to continue through 2050 and beyond. How can communities rise to the challenge? Planning Aging-Supportive Communities is a guide to help planners and public officials meet the needs of older residents. Safe and affordable housing is one of the most basic needs. So is the ability to get around town, whether driving, walking, cycling, or taking transit. Public spaces, services, and health programs all must be addressed.


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Planning the Pacific Northwest

A day trip in the Pacific Northwest can go from pristine wilderness to downtown Seattle, Portland, or Vancouver. How are these commercial and cultural hot spots keeping nature and growth in balance — and what's coming next? Trace the path from forests and fish to bikes and brews in Planning the Pacific Northwest, a tale of three cities leading the way to smart growth. This title continues the APA Planners Press series on how planning shapes major American cities.