Wanted: Best Books for Introduction to Urbanism
Let’s say you have a friend who wants to know what you’re talking about when you toss out phrases like “multiuse zoning,” “sprawl,” “density,” “urban infill,” “interconnected street girds.” Your friend also wants to know why you care about all this.
Let’s also stipulate that your friend doesn’t want to listen to yet another lecture from you on the subject.
What books would you recommend to this friend of yours?
Post your suggestions—any number of them—as comments to this post. Try to include a sentence or two about why you’re recommending a particular book.
Remember these are supposed to be books you’d recommend to a curious, non-expert friend with only a limited amount of time he or she is willing to devote to the subject—so think of concise, introductory-level books and keep your list short.
Next month, after soliciting advice from my fellow Where contributors (including any of their own suggestions), I’ll post a list of the top recommendations.
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