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Organizing, Advocacy, Politics

Articles/papers

Books

Talks 

 

 

 

Land Use, Zoning, Planning

Articles


Peer-reviewed research 

 

Books


 

  • Hall, Peter. Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design in the Twentieth Century (2002).
     
  • Hirt, Sonia. Zoned in the USA: The Origins and Implications of American Land-Use Regulation (Cornell University Press, 2014).
     
  • Kent, T. J. The Urban General Plan.  At Internet Archive: [1]. 
    classic work, long used as a planning textbook, by influential Bay Area planner and educator T. J. Kent
     
  • Levy, John M. Contemporary Urban Planning (9th Edition, 2010).
  • Marcuse, Peter, and David Madden. In Defense of Housing: The Politics of Crisis. 2016. https://www.amazon.com/Defense-Housing-Politics-Crisis/dp/1784783544. 
     
  • McHarg, Ian L. Design With Nature (1969). 
    "pioneered the concept of ecological planning...continues to be one of the most widely celebrated books on landscape architecture and land-use planning." -Wikipedia.
     
  • Ross, Benjamin. Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism. (Oxford University Press, 2014). Amazon
     
  • Rothstein, Richard. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. 2017.
     
  • Ryan-Collins, Josh,‎ Toby Lloyd,‎ Laurie Macfarlane. Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing. Zed Books. 2017.   
    A guide to the role of land in housing policy and how it has been excluded from mainstream economic theory. The "authors reveal how many of the key challenges facing modern economies - including housing crises, financial instability and growing inequalities - are intimately tied to the land economy. Looking at the ways in which discussions of land have been routinely excluded from both housing policy and economic theory, the authors show that in order to tackle these increasingly pressing issues a major rethink by both politicians and economists is required."
  • Shoup, Donald. The High Cost of Free Parking
     
  • Toll, Seymour. Zoned American (1969). Outstanding legal/cultural study of the origins and development of US zoning practices. PDF full text (60MB). 

Resource Guides

 

Housing

Articles/papers


 

 

Peer-reviewed research 

 

Books

*Bauer, Catherine. Modern Housing. 1934. 

http://bit.ly/Bauer_Modern-Housing1 - [60MB PDF, assembled from page scans available at Internet Archive]. 
A landmark work

focusing on European social housing post-WWI, by one of the most influential housing reformers of the 20th Century. 
 
  • Blau, Eve. The Architecture of Red Vienna, 1919-1934." (MIT Press, 1999). 
    https://www.amazon.com/Architecture-Red-Vienna-1919-1934/dp/0262024519.
     
  • Bratt, Rachel G, Michael E. Stone, and Chester Hartman, editors. A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda (2006).
     
  • Calavita, Nico, and Alan Mallach (Eds). Inclusionary Housing in International Perspective: Affordable Housing, Social Inclusion, and Land Value Recapture. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, July 2010.
    Table of Contents, Forward, Preface, Ch. 1http://www.lincolninst.edu/sites/default/files/pubfiles/inclusionary-housing-in-international-perspective-chp.pdf. 
     
  • Davies, Colin. The Prefabricated Home (2005).
     
  • Glaeser, Edward L., and Joseph Gyourko. Rethinking Federal Housing Policy: How to Make Housing Plentiful and Affordable. (American Enterprise Institute, 2008). 
     
  • Hohmann, Jessie.The Right to Housing: Laws, Concepts, Possibilities. (2013).
     
  • Heben, Andrew. Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps to Tiny House Villages (2014). 
     
  • Le Corbusier. Towards a New Architecture (translation of Vers une architecture, 1923). Originally published: London : J. Rodker, 1927.
     
  • Marcuse, Peter, and David Madden. In Defense of Housing: The Politics of Crisis. 2016. https://www.amazon.com/Defense-Housing-Politics-Crisis/dp/1784783544. 
     
  • Riis, Jacob A. How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York (1890).
     
  • Rothstein, Richard. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. 2017.
     
  • Schwartz, Alex F. Housing Policy in the United States. (3rd Edition, 2014). ISBN: 978-0415836500.
    A widely used textbook, focusing on Federal financing and subsidy programs. 
     
  • Tighe, J. Rosie. The Affordable Housing Reader. (2012).
     
  • Turner, John F. C., editor. Freedom to Build : Dweller Control of the Housing Process (1972).
     
  • Turner, John F. C. Housing By People: Towards Autonomy in Building Environments (1976). 
     
  • Vale, Lawrence J.. From the Puritans to the Projects: Public Housing and Public Neighbors. (Harvard University Press, 2007).
     
  • Walllis, Allan D. Wheel Estate: The Rise and Decline of Mobile Homes (1997).
     
  • Wright, Gwendolyn. Building the Dream: A Social History of Housing in America (1983).
     
  • Wurster, Catherine Bauer [bio]. “Modern Housing.” Houghton Mifflin, 1934. PDF full text (assembled by YIMBYwiki from page scans at Internet Archive). 
    "Catherine Krouse Bauer Wurster (1905-964) was a prominent American public housing advocate and educator of city planners and urban planners. A leading member of the "housers," a group of planners who advocated affordable housing for low-income families, she dramatically changed social housing practice and law in the United States. Wurster's influential book Modern Housing was published by Houghton Mifflin Company in 1934 and is regarded as a classic in the field." -Wikipedia
     

 

Urbanism

Articles/papers

 

Books

  • Alexander, Christopher. A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (1977).
     
  • Calthorpe, Peter. The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream. (1993).
     
  • Glaeser, Edward, The Triumph of the City (2011). 
     
  • Goodman, Robert. After the Planners (1973).
     
  • Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961).


Resource Guides / Bibliographies

 

 

 

San Francisco / Bay Area history and issues

Articles/papers/studies


Books

  • Bagwell, Beth. Oakland The Story of a City (1982; 2nd edition 2012). 
     
  • Brechin, Gray. Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin (2001). 
     
  • DeLeon, Richard. Left coast city: progressive politics in San Francisco, 1975-1991 (1992).
     
  • Hartman, Chester. City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco (2002). 
     
  • Margolin, Malcolm. The Ohlone Way: Indian life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area.(1978; Berkeley: Heyday Books; 25th Anniversary Ed. with a new Afterword, 2002).
  • Polledri, Paolo. Visionary San Francisco (1990).
     
  • Self, Robert O. American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland. (Princeton University Press, 2003). 

 

California history and issues

Articles / papers / studies 

Books 


United Kingdom / London history and issues

Articles / Papers Studies 

Books 

Homelessness

Articles/papers

Books

  • Anderson, Nels. The Hobo.
     
  • Blau, Joel. The Visible Poor: Homelessness in the United States.
     
  • Desmond, Matthew. Evicted. 
     
  • Feldman, Leonard C. Citizens without Shelter: Homelessness, Democracy, and Political Exclusion. (Cornell University Press, 2006). 
     
  • Heben, Andrew. Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps to Tiny House Villages.
     
  • Gowan, Teresa. Hobos, Hustlers, and Backsliders: Homeless in San Francisco. (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). 
     
  • Hailey, Charlie. Camps: A Guide to 21st-Century Space. (MIT Press, 2009).
     
  • ____ . Campsite: Architectures of Duration and Place. 2008.
     
  • Hopper, Kim. Reckoning With Homelessness. (Cornell University Press, 2002).   
       
  • Katz. The Undeserving Poor (1st edition 1989). 
     
  • Kerouac, Jack. "The Hobo in America", in Lonesome Traveller
     
  • Kusmer, Kenneth L.. Down and Out, on the Road: The Homeless in American History. Oxford University Press, 2001.  
     
  • London, Jack. The Road (1903). 
     
  • Okin, Robert L. Silent Voices: People with Mental Disorders on the Street.
     
  • Piven, Francis. Regulating the Poor.
     
  • Quigley, John M, Stephen Raphael, and Eugene Smolensky. "Homelessness in California." Public Policy Institute of California, 2001. http://www.ppic.org/publication/homelessness-in-california/. 
     
  • Rossi, Peter R. Down and Out in America. 1993.
     
  • Willse, Craig. The Value of Homelessness: Managing Surplus Life in the United States. (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). 

See Also

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