Creating planning documents

Creating planning documents

/ Mendenhall, Allyson, Hempel, Claire, Risinger, Emily, & Grigsby, Stephanie. — Chicago, IL : American Planning Association, 2017.

1 online resource (104 pages) : illustrations (some colour), forms, appendices, bibl., PDF

The book updates indices on the costs and benefits of county sprawl to 2010, refines the indices to include additional measures of the built environment, and validates the indices using U.S. data. It explores academic literature and models sprawl development's affect on traffic safety, public health, life expectancy, housing affordability and upward mobility. It presents a longitudinal analysis of sprawl in U.S. urbanized areas (2000 and 2010). Finally, brief examples of U.S. cities in metropolitan areas that performed well in each of the four index factors and the policies contributing to their results are provided: development density in Los Angeles, CA; land-use mix in Santa Barbara, CA; activity centering in Madison, WI; and street connectivity in Trenton, NJ.

Financing infrastructure: Who should pay?

Financing infrastructure: Who should pay?

/ Bird, Richard M., & Slack, Naomi Enid. (Eds.). — Kingston, ON : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017.

 xii, 311 pages : graphs, tables, index, bibl.

 The book provides an overview of revenue sources available for funding maintenance and construction of urban infrastructure in Canada (i.e., user fees, property taxes, land value capture, development charges and contributions, intergovernmental transfers, borrowing and reserve funds); argues for the use of user fees to finance infrastructure; examines the use of user fees for financing infrastructure in Ontario, Québec, Western Canada, the United States and Switzerland; considers the role of user fees in Canadian public–private partnerships for transportation infrastructure; and explores ways to sell the idea that user charges are the optimum way of funding infrastructure.

Resilient cities: Overcoming fossil fuel dependence

Resilient cities: Overcoming fossil fuel dependence

/ Newman, Peter, Beatley, Timothy, & Boyer, Heather. — Second edition — Washington, DC : Island Press, 2017.

 xiv, 248 pages : illustrations, graphs, tables, bibl.

 The book explores how to create resilient cities and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. It focuses on investing in renewable and distributed energy, creating sustainable mobility systems, fostering inclusive and healthy cities, planning for disaster recovery, building biophilic urban spaces, and producing a more cyclical and regenerative urban metabolism.

The street: A quintessential social public space

The street: A quintessential social public space

/ Mehta, Vikas. — Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2014.

 xiii, 237 pages : illustrations, appendices, index, bibl.

 The book discusses the definition and images of streets, the social history of streets, a typology of social behaviours and activities on the street, the conditions required to support social behaviour on the street, street culture, and planning and design guidelines for making neighbourhood commercial streets that support social activities. It includes a summary of a case study of three streets in Cambridge, MA. The brief appendices describe a pilot study on two blocks in Central Square, Cambridge, MA, to test and improve data-gathering instruments and the process of defining a community gathering place/third place.


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