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Urban Planning for Dummies


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Foreword xix Introduction 1 Part I: What Is Urban Planning 7 Chapter 1: Making Great Cities: Why Planning Matters 9 Chapter 2: Changing Places: Planning for the 21st Century 23 Chapter 3: Who Makes Urban Plans and Why 43 Chapter 4: Making Plans: A Step-by-Step Approach 57 Part II: Putting All the Pieces Together: The Main Components of an Urban Plan 75 Chapter 5: Land Use: A Place for Everything 77 Chapter 6: Housing: A Place to Call Home 97 Chapter 7: Moving the City: Transportation 119 Chapter 8: The City Beautiful: Urban Design 135 Chapter 9: The Great Outdoors: Natural Resources, Open Space, and More 149 Chapter 10: Infrastructure and Public Services: Something for Everyone 163 Part III: Hot Topics and Urban Planning Challenges 179 Chapter 11: Greening the City: Making Sustainable Places 181 Chapter 12: Urban Revitalization: Cities on the Rebound 195 Chapter 13: Rushing to the Suburbs: Managing Sprawl 207 Chapter 14: Healing the City: Planning and Disasters 223 Chapter 15: Taking Care of Business: Jobs and Economic Development 237 Chapter 16: Global Urban Planning: Answering the Challenges of Growth and Development 253 Part IV: Getting Involved and Going Further 267 Chapter 17: Getting Involved in Your Community 269 Chapter 18: Becoming a Professional Urban Planner 279 Part V: The Part of Tens 291 Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Make Your Community a Better Place to Live, Work, and Play 293 Chapter 20: Ten Great Cities with Great Plans 301 Chapter 21: Ten Urban Plans You Can Find Online 309 Appendix: Resources 317 Index 325

About the Author

Jordan Yin, PhD, AICP, is a faculty member of the College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He has published research articles in leading academic journals, including Urban Affairs Review and Journal of Urban Affairs, and his work as an urban planner has been reported on by National Public Radio, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

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