Contemporary Urban Planning

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  • Edition: 9th
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  • Copyright: 2010-02-23
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Updated in a new 9th edition, Contemporary Urban Planning provides readers with in-depth coverage of the historic, economic, political, legal, and environmental factors affecting urban planning.

Reflecting the author's many years' experience as a working planner, this text focuses on public planning at the substrate level -- that which is done by and for cities, counties, towns, and other units of local governments -- and examines much more briefly planning for metropolitan regions, the states, and the question of national planning. Throughout, it emphasizes politics, economics, ideology, law, and the question of who benefits and who loses by particular decisions.

With updated coverage of the Obama administration’s response to the 2009 economic downturn, Levy also addresses the most pressing issues in urban development today - including the subprime mortgage crisis and home foreclosures, federal funding for public transportation, and new standards for “green” buildings.

Table of Contents

The Background and Development of Contemporary Planning
An Overviewp. 1
The Need for Planningp. 1
The Specific Concerns of Planningp. 3
Who Are the Planners?p. 4
Professional Organizationsp. 5
Satisfactions and Discontentsp. 6
Useful Abilitiesp. 7
The Plan of This Bookp. 7
Notep. 8
The Urbanization of Americap. 9
Urbanization in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 9
Urban Trends in the Twentieth Centuryp. 15
Summaryp. 26
Notesp. 27
Selected Bibliographyp. 28
The History of Planning: Part Ip. 29
Colonial Americap. 30
Limited Means and Growing Problemsp. 32
The Pressure for Reformp. 33
The Birth of Modern City Planningp. 40
The Public Control of Private Propertyp. 42
The Emergence of Regional and State Planningp. 47
Grander Visionsp. 50
Summaryp. 53
Notesp. 54
Selected Bibliographyp. 55
The History of Planning: Part IIp. 56
Planning and the Great Depressionp. 57
The Postwar Periodp. 60
Summaryp. 68
Notesp. 69
Selected Bibliographyp. 69
The Structure and Practice of Contemporary Planning
The Legal Basis of Planningp. 70
The Constitutional Frameworkp. 70
Public Control over Private Propertyp. 72
The Rights of Nonresidentsp. 81
The Fight over Eminent Domainp. 84
State-Enabling Legislationp. 86
The Federal Rolep. 88
Summaryp. 91
Notesp. 91
Selected Bibliographyp. 92
Planning and Politicsp. 93
Why Is Planning Political?p. 93
Planners and Powerp. 95
The Fragmentation of Powerp. 96
Styles of Planningp. 99
How Planning Agencies Are Organizedp. 101
Summaryp. 105
Notesp. 105
Selected Bibliographyp. 106
The Social Issuesp. 107
The Social Issues in Planning for Housingp. 108
Other Issuesp. 117
Who Does Social Planning?p. 120
Summaryp. 120
Notesp. 121
Selected Bibliographyp. 122
The Comprehensive Planp. 123
The Goals of Comprehensive Planningp. 123
The Comprehensive Planning Processp. 125
How Effective Are Comprehensive Plans?p. 132
Summaryp. 133
Notesp. 134
Selected Bibliographyp. 135
The Tools of Land-Use Planningp. 136
Public Capital Investmentp. 136
Land-Use Controlsp. 139
Making Zoning More Flexiblep. 149
Form-Based Zoningp. 160
Other Types of Local Land-Use Controlsp. 163
Combining Capital Investment and Land-Use Controlsp. 165
Forces Beyond Local Controlp. 166
Summaryp. 168
Notesp. 169
Selected Bibliographyp. 171
Fields of Planning
Urban Designp. 172
What Is Urban Design?p. 174
The Urban Design Processp. 181
What Is Good Urban Design?p. 183
Replanning Suburbia: The Neotraditionalistsp. 189
Edge Cityp. 195
Visions of the City of the Futurep. 199
Coming to Terms with the Automobilep. 203
Summaryp. 204
Notesp. 205
Selected Bibliographyp. 205
Urban Renewal and Community Developmentp. 207
Urban Renewalp. 208
Community Developmentp. 216
The Housing Questionp. 220
Planning for Housingp. 222
The Housing Bubble and the Problem of Abandonmentp. 225
Summaryp. 230
Notesp. 231
Selected Bibliographyp. 233
Transportation Planningp. 234
Recent Trends in Urban Transportationp. 234
Paying for Transportationp. 238
Transportation Planning and Land Usep. 239
The Transportation Planning Processp. 241
Changes in the Federal Rolep. 249
Fine-Tuning the Systemp. 250
The Growing Role of Tolls and Privatizationp. 252
Smart Highways, Intelligent Vehicles, and New Machinesp. 254
Summaryp. 256
Notesp. 257
Selected Bibliographyp. 258
Economic Development Planningp. 259
Historic Rootsp. 260
Perspectives on Local Economic Developmentp. 261
State Economic Development Effortsp. 264
Local Economic Development Programsp. 265
Summaryp. 273
Notesp. 274
Selected Bibliographyp. 275
Growth Management, Smart Growth, and Sustainable Developmentp. 276
The Origins of Growth Managementp. 277
Winners and Losers in Growth Managementp. 279
A Sampling of Local Growth Management Programsp. 281
State-Level Growth Managementp. 284
Growth Management-Pro or Con?p. 289
The Challenge of Smart Growthp. 290
Planning for Sustainabilityp. 293
Summaryp. 299
Notesp. 300
Selected Bibliographyp. 302
Environmental and Energy Planningp. 303
The Environmental Planning Problemp. 303
Environmental Progress at the National Levelp. 304
The Question of Global Climate Changep. 305
Environmental Policy During the Bush and Obama Adrninistrarionp. 309
The Intergovernment Context of Environmental Planningp. 311
Economic and Political Issues in Environmental Planningp. 316
Local Environmental Planningp. 320
An Example of Environmental Planningp. 323
Energy Planningp. 326
Summaryp. 331
Notesp. 332
Selected Bibliographyp. 333
Planning for Metropolitan Regionsp. 334
The Political Problemp. 334
A Brief History of Metropolitan-Area Planningp. 336
Minneapolis-St Paul: A Tale of Two Citiesp. 340
The Port Authority of New York and New Jerseyp. 342
The Atlanta Regional Commissionp. 348
Summaryp. 350
Notesp. 351
Selected Bibliographyp. 352
Larger Questions
National Planning in the United Statesp. 353
Is There National Planning in the United States?p. 353
The Pattern of Land Settlementp. 354
Establishing the Rail Networkp. 355
Water and the Westp. 357
Systematic Regional Planningp. 361
The Interstate Highway Systemp. 363
Financing the Suburbsp. 366
Land Managementp. 369
What's Next?p. 370
Summaryp. 371
Notesp. 371
Selected Bibliographyp. 372
Planning in Other Nationsp. 373
Planning in Western Europep. 373
Planning in Eastern Europep. 400
Planning in the Third Worldp. 406
A Look Aheadp. 411
Summaryp. 412
Notesp. 413
Selected Bibliographyp. 415
Planning Theoryp. 416
Is Theory Necessary?p. 416
A Distinction Between Public and Private Planningp. 417
The Process of Planningp. 418
Advocacy Planningp. 425
Planning from Right and Leftp. 426
Summaryp. 433
Notesp. 434
Selected Bibliographyp. 435
Indexp. 436
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