March 30, 2012

New Publications from the American Planning Association

New Books

High Cost of Free Parking

By Donald Shoup, FAICP
One of APA's most popular and influential titles is finally in paperback, with a new preface and afterword by the author. In this landmark treatise, Shoup argues that free parking contributes to auto dependence, rapid urban sprawl, extravagant energy use, and a host of other problems. Free-parking mandates intended to alleviate congestion end up distorting transportation choices, debasing urban design, damaging the economy, and degrading the environment. Ubiquitous free parking helps explain why our sprawling cities suit cars more than people, and why American motor vehicles now consume an eighth of the world's oil production. $34.95 ($24.94 APA Member)

Neighbors & Neighborhoods: Elements of Successful Community Design

By Sidney Brower
How does the design of a neighborhood affect the people who live there? In this thoughtful, engaging book, Sidney Brower explains how a neighborhood's design lays the groundwork for the social relationships that make it a community.

Blending social science with personal interviews, Brower shares the lessons of planned communities from historic Riverside, Illinois, to archetypal Levittown, New York, and Disney's Celebration, Florida. Through these inspirational stories, readers will discover the characteristics of neighborhoods that promote the attitudes and behaviors of a healthy community. Part of the Citizens Planning Series. $27.95 ($18.95 APA member)

Megapolitan America: A New Vision for Understanding America's Metropolitan Geography

By Arthur C. Nelson, FAICP, and Robert Lang
In popular imagination, America is the land of wide open spaces. But in reality, much of it is more densely populated than Europe. Two-thirds of the U.S. population lives on less than 20 percent of the privately owned land, clustered in 20-some megapolitan areas — networks of metropolitan centers fused by common economic, physical, social, and cultural traits.

Megapolitan America draws on detailed data to map out the dramatic — and surprisingly positive — shifts ahead. Backed by hard numbers, Nelson and Lang argue for long-range planning that sheds outdated images and stokes the nation's economic engines. This is required reading for everyone who cares about America's future. $74.95 ($49.95 APA Member)

Lasting Value: Open Space Planning and Preservation Successes

By Rick Pruetz, FAICP
Every year, development claims more than a million acres of rural land. As open areas shrink, the water supply drops, wildfire risks rise, local food production falls, and infrastructure costs increase. Are these the inevitable side effects of progress? Some communities don't think so. This book is about them.

In 24 illustrated vignettes, Pruetz explores settings from farmland on Long Island to Minneapolis's Grand Rounds park system to the volcanic range near downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. With a planner's eye, he brings the achievements of these communities into focus. Lasting Value will inspire planners, commissioners, and citizens who want to preserve the green legacy in their own backyards. $36.95 ($24.95 APA Member)

Making Community Design Work: A Guide for Planners

By Umut Toker
Since the earliest settlements, people have deliberated the issues that affect their future together. This book shows how planners can guide the process toward effective decision making and beneficial community design. This well-crafted book distills decades of community design experience into a sound conceptual framework of value to practicing planners as well as planning students. Toker covers a broad range of planning scales and introduces field-tested tools for participatory decision making at regional, city, community, and site-specific levels. $39.95 ($29.95 APA Member)

Planning Los Angeles

Edited by David C. Sloane
Los Angeles isn't planned; it just happens. Right? Not so fast! Despite the city's reputation for spontaneous evolution, a deliberate planning process shapes the way Los Angeles looks and lives. Editor David C. Sloane, a planning professor at the University of Southern California, has enlisted 30 essayists for a lively, richly illustrated view of this vibrant metropolis. Together they cover the influences and outcomes of planning for a diverse population, regulating land use and providing transportation in a sprawling city, protecting green space, and supporting economic development.  
$34. 95 ($24.95 APA Member)

New Planning Advisory Service Reports

Accessing Sustainability: A Guide for Local Governments (PAS 565)

By Wayne Feiden, FAICP, and Elisabeth Hamin 
Do a web search for "sustainable development" and you get millions of hits. Everyone wants sustainability; green is the new black. The word is so overused it means everything and nothing. In 1987 the United Nations said sustainable development "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." But in recent years, greenwashing has made the term ubiquitous -- and suspect.

Assessing Sustainability tackles two of the biggest questions facing planners today: What is sustainable development, and how do we know when it's working? Does it benefit the environment? Build community equity? Boost the economy? This report strips away the rhetoric to show how local communities can benchmark sustainability and make it a measurable goal. $48.00

Planning for Wind Energy (PAS 566)

Eds. Suzanne Rynne, AICP;  Larry Flowers, Eric Lantz and Erica Heller, AICP
Communities across the country want to take advantage of wind energy. But how? Planning for Wind Energy gives communities the tools to get started. It describes the benefits, debunks the myths, and provides point-by-point checklists for incorporating wind energy into planning and zoning. Real-world case studies share success stories and lessons learned from communities where wind energy is already at work. This practical guide will put wind power within reach for cities, counties, and regions across the United States. Download.

Sustaining Places: The Role of the Comprehensive Plan (PAS 567)

By David Godschalk, FAICP, and William Anderson, FAICP
Planning for sustainability is the defining challenge of the 21st century. In plain language, the authors show how cities, towns, and regions can work together to meet the challenge. These leading planners put forward eight principles for developing comprehensive plans that address today's needs without compromising the needs of the next generation. Case studies demonstrate sustainability planning at work in cities including Seattle and San Diego and smaller communities like Keene, New Hampshire, and Union County, Pennsylvania. $48.00

Cities in Transition: A Guide for Practicing Planners (PAS 568)

By Joseph Schilling and Alan Mallach, FAICP
Cities in Transition suggests workable, scalable strategies for revitalizing cities and inner-ring suburbs. It describes the planner's role in building civic and policy support for creative approaches. And it shows how traditional planning tools can adapt to today's needs. In case studies from cities in the Rust Belt, the Sun Belt, and abroad, readers will find examples of urban recovery at work. Planners, policy makers, and community leaders will come away with concrete ideas for making transitional cities stronger, healthier, and more resilient. $60.00

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