• The High Line runs along a disused elevated rail line in New York City.

    Getting urbanization right . . . will require a commitment to deliver basic services to all residents, new and old, to use natural resources more efficiently, to reduce our carbon footprint—and to find ways to pay for it.”

    Who Will Pay for Our Urban Future?, Land Lines, April 2016
    Photograph by Iwan Baan, courtesy of James Corner Field Operations
  • The Bessemer Ditch irrigates this farmland east of Pueblo, Colorado.

    Colorado’s Arkansas River Basin is the crucible for how the West is going to handle the severe water shortages projected across the rapidly growing Rocky Mountain region.”

    The Super Ditch: Can Water Become a Cash Crop in the West?, Land Lines, October 2015
    Photograph by John Wark/Airphoto NA
  • In Quito, Ecuador, urban growth gradually takes over open space, demanding more infrastructure and public services.

    A variety of national, regional, and local jurisdictions across Latin America have used multipurpose land cadastres to strengthen urban financing and guide planning initiatives.”

    Making Land Legible: Cadastres for Urban Planning and Development in Latin America
    Photograph by Diego Erba

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  • Nature and Cities

    Darren WalkerPresident, Ford Foundation

    Brilliantly curated and edited, these essays offer fresh ideas about how to integrate our understanding of the human condition and the health, vitality, and sustainability of the planet.
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    A Good Tax

    Chris BennettFair & Equitable (IAAO newsletter)

    Joan Youngman makes clear, cogent arguments in support of the property tax . . . while dispelling myths and dealing with complex policy issues in a clear, concise way.
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    Made for Walking

    Martin ZimmermanUrban Land Institute

    An abundance of books champion the cause of compact urban form. But one is hard-pressed to ferret out a better effort at distilling the essentials of density than this book.
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    Planet of Cities

    Robert BruegmannProfessor Emeritus of Art History, Architecture, and Urban Planning, University of Illinois at Chicago

    This landmark study combines an ambitious new history of global urban growth with a surprisingly simple and convincing set of policy recommendations.
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    Inclusionary Housing

    Alexis StephensNext City

    This guide gives practical information to housing advocates and policy makers about the economic impacts and the nuts and bolts of designing an equitable inclusionary housing policy.