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Planning History

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APA Publications

American City Planning Since 1890
Mel Scott
APA Planners Press, 1995 (originally published 1969)

Classic Readings in Urban Planning
Jay M. Stein, editor
APA Planners Press, 2004

100 Essential Books of Planning
A decade-by-decade list of classic planning literature developed for the U.S. Planning Movement Centennial in 2009.

Journal of the American Planning Association
Centennial Issue (Volume 75, no. 2)
Spring 2009
A special issue on the founding of the planning movement and the first national planning conference.

Reconsidering Jane Jacobs
Max Page and Timothy Mennel, editors
APA Planners Press, 2011
This book looks at the legacy of a journalist who influenced planning in the 1960s.

Other Books

Making of Urban America: A History of City Planning in the United States
John Reps
Princeton University Press, 1965

The Birth of City Planning in the United States, 1840–1917
Jon Petersen
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003

Genius of Common Sense: Jane Jacobs and the Story of the Death & Life of Great American Cities
Glenna Lang
Godine, 2010

New Towns for Old: Achievements in Civic Improvement in Some American Small Towns and Neighborhoods
(Reissue of 1927 classic)

John Nolen
University of Massachusetts Press, 2005

Zoning of America: Euclid v. Ambler
Michael Allan Wolf
University Press of Kansas, 2008

Web Resources

The City (short film, 1939)
American Institute of City Planners

History of City Planning Research Guide
UC Berkeley Environmental Design Library

Society for American City and Regional Planning History