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    Introductory literature on urban planning

    Can anyone point me towards some great/best out there books introducing students to Urban Planning and preferably discussing its various subfields? Thanks a lot in advance.

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    I'd start with the Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs.

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    Thanks for the recommendation to the OP. I'm new here and I'm seriously considering pursuing Urban Planning.

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    An "Intro" Textbook

    Levy, John M. (2008). Contemporary Urban Planning (8th edition). Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

    This is a nice 'inch deep - mile wide' text often used in 101 (or equivalent) planning classes.
    "Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even though they rarely stick to their plan." - Winston Churchill

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    Planning in the USA by Cullingworth and Caves is a decent one. I had the second edition. I'm not sure if they've come out with a new one or not.

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    Close-Up: How to Read the American City by Grady Clay is fantastic. the book it self is a bit dated by now, but the information is very accessible and well presented.

    Suburban Nation is also a good book - but don't take everything in it as gospel. the new urbanists are a wacky bunch and have some equally wacky ideas.

    Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan
    by Rem Koolhaas is also a good book. if you arent familiar - Koolhaas is an architect, not a planner but the book is good.

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    Quote Originally posted by bobcatplanner View post
    Planning in the USA by Cullingworth and Caves is a decent one. I had the second edition. I'm not sure if they've come out with a new one or not.
    Cullingworth wrote one of the textbooks in my "planning 101" class- his international perspective was helpful in that he came at the U.S. system as an outsider, just like a new student. Also, his writing style was a lot more engaging than most textbook writers.

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    Housing Policy/Planning

    Instead of creating a new thread, i'll continue with this one.

    I am interested in finding literature on housing policy and planning within the U.S.
    Specifically maybe a book which outlines significant policies/regulations that have been created over time, guidelines of policy implementations, or general books of housing case studies. Technical/Non technical its all good.

    Thanks!

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    On the general topic of intro to planning books: I think, if someone really wants to know what planners actually do, they should read these two books (dry though they may be):

    The Practice of Local Government Planning, or the "Green Book"

    Urban Land Use Planning (looks like I need a new edition).

    For housing policy, I think these are good:

    Building the Dream: A Social History of Housing in America

    Redesigning the American Dream

    Affordable Housing and Urban Redevelopment in the United States

    And, for the masochistic among you:

    Housing Development and Municipal Costs, an oldie-but-goodie.

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