Arbitrary lines: How zoning broke the American city and how to fix it

Arbitrary lines: How zoning broke the American city and how to fix it

/ Gray, M. Nolan. — Washington, DC : Island Press, 2022.

1 online resource (xi, 241 pages) : illustrations, maps, PDF.

The book explores the origins and evolution of zoning in the United States; explains how zoning works and its failures; considers how zoning in the U.S. contributes to the lack of affordable housing, wealth inequality, segregation and urban sprawl; and argues for a model of land use planning without zoning. The conclusion outlines planning priorities post-zoning for equitable outcomes, the potential role for the federal government in zoning reform and lessons from Japanese zoning regulation.

 

Delivery by design: Intermunicipal contracting, shared services, and Canadian local government

Delivery by design: Intermunicipal contracting, shared services, and Canadian local government

/ Spicer, Zachary Devon. — Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 2022.

1 online resource (xii, 149 pages) : graphs, PDF.

The book analyzes components and integration of interlocal service agreements that came into effect from 1995 to 2013 in select Canadian metropolitan areas (i.e., Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Moncton, Saint John and St. John's) in comparison to metropolitan areas in Europe and the United States; explores the rationale for and process for developing shared service agreements and response to the failure of agreements and non-cooperation; and outlines the role of provincial governments in the intermunicipal cooperative process.

 

Making healthy places: Designing and building for well-being, equity, and sustainability

Making healthy places: Designing and building for well-being, equity, and sustainability

/ Botchwey, Nisha D., Dannenberg, Andrew L., & Frumkin, Howard. (Eds.). — Second edition. — Washington, DC : Island Press, 2022.

1 online resource (xxii, 530 pages) : illustrations, maps, PDF.

The introduction defines healthy and equitable places and investigates the history of healthy places and the relationship between healthy places and city planning. The first part explores the relationship between the design of the built environment and physical activity, food security, mental and physical health, air and water quality, safety, social capital, and inequity and displacement. The second part considers how the built environment at the urban and regional scale (i.e., transportation and land use) and building scale (i.e., homes, workplaces, health care settings and schools) can be modified and planned to encourage better health, equity and resilient. The third part examines levers and strategies to create a healthy urban environment (e.g., community engagement, legislation and measurement). The final part discusses areas for future research on the health of the built environment, training planners, lessons learned about the influence of the built environment on physical and mental health from the COVID-19 pandemic, and advice on creating healthy, equitable and sustainable built environments.

 

Multiple barriers: The multilevel governance of homelessness in Canada

Multiple barriers: The multilevel governance of homelessness in Canada

/ Smith, Alison. — Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 2022.

xii, 365 pages : graphs. — (Studies in comparative political economy and public policy).

The book explores the history of homelessness and institutional and multi-level governance models to respond to homelessness in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montréal. It argues for involving locally based service providers in the development of homelessness policy. Finally, it summarizes conclusions about multi-level governance; ideational mechanisms behind changes in actions; the possibility of ending homelessness; and involvement and interactions in homelessness services of third-sector groups, private sector groups, Indigenous leaders, local governments, provincial governments and the federal government.

 

Public gardens and livable cities: Partnerships connecting people, plants, and place

Public gardens and livable cities: Partnerships connecting people, plants, and place

/ Rakow, Donald A.; Gough, Meghan Zimmerman; & Lee, Sharon A. — Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, 2020.

xii, 203 pages : illustrations.

The book describes public garden programs and partnerships between gardens and other institutions (e.g., municipalities, universities and not-for-profit organizations) in the United States. It covers how the government operates, the impacts of the program, and lessons learned. It also offers advice on creating successful partnerships with public gardens. Programs include urban agriculture, youth and student engagement, employment training programs, and ecosystem promotion and conservation.

 

Sustainability, citizen participation, and city governance: Multidisciplinary perspectives

Sustainability, citizen participation, and city governance: Multidisciplinary perspectives

/ Kong, Hoi L. & Monforte, Tanya. (Eds.). — Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 2022.

1 online resource (vi, 238 pages) : colour illustrations, PDF.

Through case studies, the book explores social movements, innovation and urban sustainability; smart cities and citizen participation; citizen actions to make Montréal's streets more accessible and inclusive, innovations and municipal actors in Montréal's boroughs; conflicts between citizens' property rights and urban environmental regulation in the District of Saanich, BC; consultations in municipal actions to reduce fossil fuel dependence in Montréal; citizen and private interest groups' involvement in urban governance processes for sustainable development in Toronto; and multi-disciplinary research directions for urban sustainability studies.


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