Monday, October 12, 2009

Smart Growth Books...

As someone who spends a great deal of time researching, writing, and speaking on the intersection between smart growth and the legal/regulatory world, I'm frequently asked for recommendations on books regarding that topic. 

I generally start with these three titles:

1.  New Urbanism:  Comprehensive Report & Best Practices Guide by the publishers of the New Urban News

2.  A Legal Guide to Urban and Sustainable Development by various authors (I have one part of one chapter--attorneys Dan Slone and Doris Goldstein wrote much of the book)

3.  The Post Automobile City: Legal Mechanisms to Establish the Pedestrian-Friendly City  by Southwestern Law School prof James Kushner

All three books continue the inter-disciplinary theme that I believe is so crucial to successful land use and development law efforts.  They have salient and useful legal points/strategies but are written in such a way that a non-lawyer can gain a great deal from them, too.

They're great options for reserve reading for any land use-related course.

Chad Emerson--Faulkner

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