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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).
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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

Urbanism

Articles/papers

Couture, Victor, and Jessie Handbury. "Urban Revival in America, 2000 to 2010.” Free version May 2017 https://bfi.uchicago.edu/sites/default/files/research/3_CoutureHandbury_UrbanRevival_Paper_Chicago.pdf.

This paper documents and explains the striking reversal of fortune of urban America from 2000 to 2010. We show that almost all large American cities have experienced rising numbers in young professionals near their city center over the last decade. We assemble a rich database at a fine spatial scale to test a number of competing hypotheses explaining this recent trend. We first estimate a residential choice model to assess the relative roles of amenities, job locations, and housing prices in drawing the young and college-educated downtown. We find that initial conditions of non-tradable service amenities explain the diverging location decisions of the young and college-educated relative to their non-college-educated peers and their older college-educated counterparts. The coefficients on these initial conditions suggest that preferences for these amenities are changing over time. We investigate this hypothesis using complementary datasets, where we find that non-tradable service amenities are also playing an increasingly dominant role in the expenditure and travel decisions of the young and college educated relative to other groups. Finally, we show that these new trends are partially explained by the changing income composition and family structure of the young and college-educated and strongly related to opportunities to network and socialize with other young professionals."
 

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Marcuse, Peter. "Gentrification, Abandonment, and Displacement: Connections, Causes, and Policy Responses in New York City." Urban Law Annual ; Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law, Volume 28 (January 1985). http://openscholarship.wustl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1396&context=law_urbanlaw.

 

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

•    Establish a baseline of information about regional housing trends and the impacts and concerns identified by diverse constituencies;
•    Accelerate the CASA discussion by building on policy work done by stakeholders to date;
•    Create a reservoir of good ideas to draw upon throughout the CASA process; and
•    Distill thousands of pages of documents of relevant material into a concise and consistent format." 

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). 

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