What are some of your favorite books that deal directly or even tangentially with the many fields and sub-disciplines of urban planning?
From the classic texts of Jane Jacobs and William Whyte to Jeff Speck's Walkable City, list any non-fiction (or even fiction!) I could see Brave New World or 1984 piquing a planner's interest.
I will start with one old and one new:
The Private City: Philadelphia in Three Periods of its Growth by Sam Bass Warner, Jr.
- great history lesson on the political and urban development of Philadelphia
Other People's Money: Inside the Housing Crisis and the Demise of the Greatest Real Estate Deal Ever Made by Charles Bagli
- A little too heavy on the real estate finance perspective for my taste but offers an in-depth history and analysis of Stuyvesant Town from its initial development as a partnership between MetLife and NYC govt to its sale in 2006 and default in 2010.