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Power Broker : Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (74 Edition)
Power Broker : Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (74 Edition)
by Robert A. Caro
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Excerpted from the Introduction     Wait Until the Evening   “One must wait until the evening To see how splendid the day has been.” —SOPHOCLES   As THE CAPTAIN  of the Yale swimming team stood beside the pool... (read more)

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Nature's Metropolis : Chicago and the Great West (91 Edition)
Nature's Metropolis : Chicago and the Great West (91 Edition)
by William Cronon
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In this groundbreaking work, William Cronon gives us an environmental perspective on the history of nineteenth-century America. By exploring the ecological and economic changes that made Chicago America's most dynamic city and the Great West its... (read more)

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Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities
Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities
by Mindy Thompson Fullilove
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What if divided neighborhoods were causing public health problems? What if a new approach to planning and design could tackle both the built environment and collective well-being at the same time? What if cities could help each other? Dr. Mindy Thompson... (read more)

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Still Stuck in Traffic: Coping with Peak-Hour Traffic Congestion (James A. Johnson Metro)
Still Stuck in Traffic: Coping with Peak-Hour Traffic Congestion (James A. Johnson Metro)
by Anthony Downs
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Seeks to explore why traffic congestion has arisen in our society, why it is getting more intensive, and why it cannot be eliminated entirely. Contains chapters on the fundamental causes of congestion, and argues that many traffic problems are rooted in... (read more)

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Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes from San Francisco's Housing Wars
Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes from San Francisco's Housing Wars
by James Tracy
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San Francisco is being eroded by waves of cash flowing north from Silicon Valley. Recent evictions of long-time San Francisco residents, outrageous rents and home prices, and blockaded "Google buses" are only the tip of the iceberg. James Tracy's book... (read more)

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The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City
The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City
by Jennifer Toth
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Thousands of people live in the subway, railroad, and sewage tunnels that form the bowels of New York City and this book is about them, the so-called mole people. They live alone and in communities, in subway tunnels and below subway platforms and this... (read more)

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Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design
Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design
by Charles Montgomery
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A globe-trotting, eye-opening exploration of how cities can—and do—make us happier people Charles Montgomerys Happy City is revolutionizing the way we think about urban life.      After decades of unchecked sprawl,... (read more)

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Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
by Jeff Speck
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A Best Book of the Year according to Planetizen and the American Society of Landscape Architects Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive, and he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. The very idea of... (read more)

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Detroit City Is the Place To Be (13 Edition)
Detroit City Is the Place To Be (13 Edition)
by Mark Binelli
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Detroit City Is the Place to Be is one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Best Books of 2012 Once Americas capitalist dream town, Detroit is our countrys greatest urban failure, having fallen the longest and the farthest—and, finally, into... (read more)

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Atlas of Cities
Atlas of Cities
by Paul (edt) Knox
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"This is an atlas with a difference. It broaches the complexity of the urban experience directly and in a beautifully persuasive graphical way, showing how this great variety of city types and features can be explained both chronologically and... (read more)

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Streets of Hope: The Fall and Rise of an Urban Neighborhood
Streets of Hope: The Fall and Rise of an Urban Neighborhood
by Peter Medoff
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Using the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Boston's most impoverished neighborhood as a case stuudy, the authors show how effective organizing reinforces neighborhood leadership, encourages grassroots power and leads to successful public-private... (read more)

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Insurgencies: Essays in Planning Theory. by John Friedmann (Rtpi Library)
Insurgencies: Essays in Planning Theory. by John Friedmann (Rtpi Library)
by John Friedmann
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For nearly fifty years John Friedmann's writings have not just led the academic study of the discipline, but have given shape and direction to the planning profession itself. Covering transactive planning, radical planning, the concept of the Good City... (read more)

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Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898
Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898
by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace
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To European explorers, it was Eden, a paradise of waist-high grasses, towering stands of walnut, maple, chestnut, and oak, and forests that teemed with bears, wolves, raccoons, beavers, otters, and foxes. Today, it is the site of Broadway and Wall Street,... (read more)

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Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement
Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement
by Loretta (edt) Lees
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Under contemporary capitalism the extraction of value from the built environment has escalated, a phenomenon working in tandem with other urban processes to lay the foundations for the exploitative processes of gentrification worldwide. Global... (read more)

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Environmental Land Use Planning and Management
Environmental Land Use Planning and Management
by John Randolph
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Environmental Land Use Planning and Management is a unique new textbook that presents a diverse, comprehensive, and coordinated approach to issues of land use planning and management and their impacts on the environment. It builds on recent advances in... (read more)

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City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
by Mike Davis
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To its official boosters, "Los Angeles brings it all together." To its detractors, it is "The Big Nowhere." No one has better captured L.A.'s bizarre role as both utopia and dystopia than Davis, the author of this mordantly elegant and wide-ranging work... (read more)

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Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence
Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence
by Gabrielle Giffords
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Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, share their impassioned argument for responsible gun ownership. After the 2011 Tucson shooting that nearly took her life, basic questions consumed Gabby Giffords and her... (read more)

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Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says about Us)
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says about Us)
by Tom Vanderbilt
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We've all been stuck in traffic and wondered Why me!? Tom Vanderbilt has the answers. If you are wondering why everyone in front of you is braking, or why it’s impossible to merge, he’ll tell you why. Traffic is a compulsively readable book. I could... (read more)

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Continuity and Change in China's Rural Development: Collective and Reform Eras in Perspective
Continuity and Change in China's Rural Development: Collective and Reform Eras in Perspective
by Louis G. Putterman
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This book is a detailed study of rural reform in China. After the death of Mao, and with the ascendency of Deng Xiaoping in 1978, China began a programme of agricultural reform intended to increase productivity. Three major changes moved the agricultural... (read more)

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Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World's Least Sustainable City
Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World's Least Sustainable City
by Andrew Ross
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Phoenix, Arizona is at once one of America's fastest growing cities and its least sustainable one. A sprawling megalopolis of more than five million souls, it is parched-the result of minimal rainfall and scorching heat. Yet historically, its population... (read more)

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