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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


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

•    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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