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Accidental City. By Robert Fulford. The story of the transformation of Toronto. In a narrative that moves from one part of Toronto to another, Fulford describes the city, its history, urban planning, and economic growth. More...

Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities. By Jim Howe et al. Offers important lessons in preserving the character of communities near national and state parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands without sacrificing economic well-being. As Kindle | More...

Better, Not Bigger. By Eben V. Fodor. Benefits from growth that exploits the commons accrue to a few, while costs are distributed across the entire community. Fodor marshals evidence from almost every state to prove his point. More...

Cities in Our Future. Edited by Robert Geddes. Urban planners, architects, urban designers, and other experts from across North America examine the impact of growth and form on the ability of a city to achieve and maintain social equity and environmental health. More...

Community Planning. By Eric Damian Kelly and Barbara Becker. A thorough examination of the comprehensive planning process. The authors consider all aspects of the comprehensive plan: its elements, adoption, and implementation. More...

Confronting Suburban Decline. By William H. Lucy and David L. Phillips. Examines causes of and responses to suburban decline. Argues that a high quality natural and built environment is key to economic stability and recommends policies. More...

Conservation Design for Subdivisions. By Randall G. Arendt. A practical handbook for residential developers, site designers, local officials, and landowners that explains how to implement new ideas about land use planning and environmental protection. As Kindle | More...

Creating Successful Communities. By Michael A. Mantell et al. Developed for civic activists, policymakers, and planners, Creating Successful Communities gives guidelines for developing workable action plans for restoring distinctiveness and livability to communities. As Kindle | More...

Designing the City. By Adele Fleet Bacow. A wealth of information on design and decision-making, including how citizens and activists can make their voices heard and numerous examples of effective strategies for working with all parties. As Kindle | More...

Designing Sustainable Communities. By Judy Corbett and Michael Corbett. Examines the history of the sustainable community movement. Discusses how Village Homes, a pioneer sustainable development near Davis, California, fits into the context of that movement. As Kindle | More...

Developing Sustainable Planned Communities. By Richard Franko et al. Practical how-to information on designing and developing attractive, profitable, and environmentally responsible planned communities. This book includes 10 case studies of successful projects in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia. As Kindle | More…

Ecocities: Building Cities in Balance with Nature. By Richard Register. Describes the place of the city in evolution, nature and history. It pays special attention to the key question of accessibility and transportation, and outlines design principles for the ecocity. This visionary book by the leader of the ecocity movement outlines a plan for developing existing cities in a way that lessens their destructive impact on the environment and increases their support of healthy social interaction. Ecocities is both a philosophical discussion and a call to arms by an activist who has worked for decades to restore and transform blighted urban areas. More... | Richard Register EcoSpeakers Info >>

Ecocity Berkeley: Building Cities for a Healthy Future. By Richard Register. Offers innovative city planning solutions that would work anywhere and a vision of what the future could be like with thoughtful advance planning. This book is intended to inspire enlightened city planning, and could be used by advocates for planning improvements in any large city. Written for environmental activists, it should be helpful to anyone looking for serious planning innovations. Ernest Callenbach, author of Ecotopia, writes that it is "a trailbreaking book, essential reading for anyone concerned with the future." More... | Richard Register EcoSpeakers Info >>

Eco-City Dimensions. Edited by Mark Roseland. Many global environmental concerns are rooted at the local level. Eco-City Dimensions demonstrates that movement is definitely under way toward implementing the vision of eco-cities. More...

The Ecology of Place. By Timothy Beatley and Kristy Manning. Describes a world in which land is consumed sparingly, cities and towns are vibrant and green, local economies thrive, and citizens work together to create places of enduring value. As Kindle | More...

Evaluating Sustainable Development: Giving People a Voice in Their Destiny. By Chris Maser. Presents principles and tools for participatory evaluation of sustainable development. Participatory evaluation empowers anyone impacted by a proposal to determine both what is to be evaluated and how it is to be evaluated. Acknowledging that the specific concepts, challenges, opportunities, and circumstances surrounding sustainable development differ significantly from one place or group to another, the book provides an adaptable framework for developing an evaluation plan as well as the tools for collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data. More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

Green Urbanism. By Timothy Beatley. Explains what planners and local officials in the United States can learn from the sustainable city movement in Europe. Examines the progress and policies of twenty-five of the most innovative cities. As Kindle | More...

House Styles in America. By James C. Massey and Shirley Maxwell. This original approach to historic preservation features sketches of American house styles from 1650 to 1950, plus directions for estimating age and deciphering history. More...

The Key to Sustainable Cities. By Gwendolyn Hallsmith. Most of the world’s population now live in cities, but despite wide agreement on the core values of sustainable societies, municipalities are so busy solving current problems that they don’t have the time or resources to plan effective action for sustainability. This book uses the principles of system dynamics to demonstrate how today’s problems were yesterday’s solutions. It points to a new approach to city planning, that builds on assets as a starting point for cities to develop healthy social, governance, economic, and environmental systems. More... | Gwendolyn Hallsmith EcoSpeakers Info >>

Land-Use Planning for Sustainable Development. By Chris Maser and Jane Silberstein. This volume uses sustainability as a framework to present the underlying concepts of sustainable land-use planning. It reviews the foundations of current land use practices from historical, constitutional, economic, ecological, and societal perspectives. It then suggests alternative methods for guiding the ways in which we modify the landscape. It also makes the case that we can ultimately embrace the idea that our individual well-being depends upon the well-being of the whole, and that social change can occur before major disasters strike. More... | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

Living with the Land. Edited by Christine Meyer and Faith Moosang. Stories of more than 20 communities struggling to regain control of their land or neighborhoods and to rebuild sustainable communities and environments. More...

Preserving Open Space: A Step-By-Step Guide for Volunteers Seeking to Limit Urban Sprawl. By David F. Gardner. A practical manual showing concerned citizens, step-by-step, how to organize fellow citizens, create an Open Space Action Plan, and intervene with pubic officials, owners and developers. More…

Reinventing Community: Stories from the Walkways of Cohousing. By David Wann. This book describes caring and active neighbors who enjoy their own privacy yet also share a wonderful sense of camaraderie and connection. It tells real-world stories of the people who live in these communities, whether they be in urban, suburban, or rural settings. Exploring everything from planning a cohousing community to moving in to the joys and challenges of daily life, Reinventing Community shares with its readers a sense of what it takes to build a true community in our often detached and disengaged modern world. As Kindle | More… | David Wann EcoSpeakers Info >>

Road to Ruin: An Introduction to Sprawl and How to Cure It. By Dom Nozzi. Provides an easy-to-follow introduction to sprawl's causes and offers common-sense solutions. America has been obsessed with a desire to improve conditions for cars, not people, primarily through enormous subsidies for road widening and construction of free parking. Design principles encouraging walking, bicycling, and mass transit in conjunction with automobile travel are essential to creating livable cities. As Kindle | More… | Dom Nozzi EcoSpeakers Info >>

Saving Cities Saving Money. By John Hart. Cities and towns, large and small, can extend resources, improve environmental quality, and save money all at the same time. More...

Superbia: 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods. By Dan Chiras and Dave Wann. Practical ideas for creating more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable neighborhoods. Shows how suburbs fail to meet many peoples' needs, then describes how existing neighborhoods can be transformed, offering cohousing and new urbanist communities as examples. More… | Dan Chiras EcoSpeakers Info >> | Dave Wann EcoSpeakers Info >>

Sustainable Communities: A New Design Synthesis for Cities, Suburbs and Towns. By Sim Van der Ryn and Peter Calthorpe. Our old patterns of growth promote isolation from the environment, between activities, and ultimately between individuals. This classic text is a practical vision of how different types of communities can make the transition to a sustainable way of life that balances production and consumption, reduces resource waste, and produces long-term social and ecological health. More…

Toward Sustainable Communities: Resources for Citizens and Their Governments. By Mark Roseland. This book offers practical suggestions and innovative solutions to a range of community issues and goals including energy efficiency, transportation, land use, housing, waste reduction, recycling, air quality and governance. With updated tools, initiatives and resources, and a new preface and foreword, this sustainable practices guide is for both citizens and governments. More...

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