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Organizing, Advocacy, Politics

Articles/papers

Books

  • Alinsky, Saul. Rules for Radicals (1971).
     
  • Mathews, Joe. California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (2010).
     
  • Olson, Mancur. The Logic of Collective Action.
     

 


Land Use, Zoning, Planning

Articles

Hsieh, Chang-Tai, and Enrico Moretti. "Housing Constraints and Spatial Misallocation." Working paper, May 18, 2017. http://eml.berkeley.edu//~moretti/growth.pdf.

[earlier version: 
Hsieh, Chang-Tai, and Enrico Moretti. 
"Why Do Cities Matter? Local Growth and Aggregate Growth." NBER Working Paper 21154, 2015. http://www.nber.org/papers/w21154.
Preprint:  http://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1045&context=housing_law_and_policy.]


Peer-reviewed research 

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Fischel, William A. "Why Are There NIMBYs?" (2000). eminent US land-use/zoning scholar William provides a useful analysis of the NIMBY phenomenon from an economic perspective. https://www.dartmouth.edu/~wfischel/Papers/00-04.PDF.

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Glaeser, Edward L, Joseph Gyourko and Raven Saks. "Why is Manhattan So Expensive? Regulation and the Rise in Housing Prices." 

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Glaeser, Edward L, and Bryce A. Ward. "The causes and consequences of land use regulation: Evidence from Greater Boston." Journal of Urban Economics 65 (2009) 265–278.  DOI:10.1016/j.jue.2008.06.003.
PDF from author: https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/glaeser/files/the_causes_and_consequences_of_land_use_regulation_evidence_from_greater_boston_2009.pdf.

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Hall, Peter. "The Containment of Urban England." The Geographical Journal, Vol. 140, No. 3 (Oct., 1974), pp. 386-408. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1796533. [article summary of Hall's 1973 book of the same name]. 
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_E90AYG2sPDelVqeFBVVDFobVk.

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Huang, Haifang, and Yao Tang. "Residential Land Use Regulation and the US Housing Price Cycle Between 2000 and 2009."

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Lens, Michael C., and Paavo Monkkonen. "Do Strict Land Use Regulations Make Metropolitan Areas More Segregated by Income?" Journal of the American Planning Association, Volume 82, 2016 - Issue 1. Published online 2015-12-28. DOI. 
UCLA Working Paper: http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/Documents/areas/ctr/ziman/2015-04WP.pdf. 

 

Books

  • Avent, Ryan. The Gated City (2011).
     
  • Babcock. The Zoning Game (1966). 
     
  • Fischel, William A. Zoning Rules!: The Economics of Land Use Regulation (2015). 
     
  • Fulton, William, and Paul Shigley. Guide to California Planning (4th edition, 2012). 
     
  • George, Henry. Progress and Poverty: An Inquiry into the Cause of Industrial Depressions and of Increase of Want with Increase of Wealth: The Remedy (1879).
     
  • 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).
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.

Resource Guides

Housing

Articles/papers

Peer-reviewed research 

Books

  • Bratt, Rachel G, Michael E. Stone, and Chester Hartman, editors. A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda (2006).
     
  • 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). 
     
  • Riis, Jacob A. How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York (1890).
     
  • Schwartz, Alex F. Housing Policy in the United States. (3rd Edition, 2014). ISBN: 978-0415836500.
     
  • 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). 
     
  • 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).

 

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).
  • Lydon, Mike. Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change (2015). 
     
  • Montgomery, Charles. Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design (2014). 
     
  • Moretti, Enrico. The New Geography of Jobs. (2012). 
     
  • Mumford, Lewis.The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects (1961). 
     
  • Sennett, Richard, ed. Classic Essays on the Culture of Cities (1969).
     
  • Smith, Neil. The New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the Revanchist City (1996).
     
  • Speck, Jeff. Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time.

Resource Guides / Bibliographies

San Francisco / Bay Area history and issues

Articles/papers

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). 


Homelessness

Articles/papers

Books

  • Anderson, Nels. The Hobo.
     
  • Blau, Joel. The Visible Poor: Homelessness in the United States.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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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