Rebuilding A Dream

This hard-hitting book digs into the story of today's housing affordability crisis and the resurgence of urban decline to make a bold call for action. It looks back at what's been achieved since the tumultuous days of the 1960s, and explains why we must decide to keep moving forward and not allow homelessness and inequality to keep increasing. It describes many ways that Americans are finding innovative solutions and new ways to create equitable, sustainable communities –what it calls The New American Dream.

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The Charrette Handbook
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Get a fresh and provocative analysis of why our cities are in so much trouble and affordable housing is in such short supply in this hard-hitting book. You'll learn what's worked in the past, what's working now, and how we can save our communities by renewing the nation's historic commitment to housing and community development.
If you like the idea of enlisting nearby stakeholders in the design process for a real estate project, having a charrette is the way to go, and this book is an excellent guide to how to do it. Authoritative, clear and complete, you will find it an invaluable reference for conducting a charrette that yields better design and good community relations.
Detroit used to have proving grounds for new cars, but now the city itself is a proving ground for ideas about urban development and revitalization. This book tells the story of many of the ideas being tested today in the Motor City.
Reckless Endangerment
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An in-depth look at the failures that lead to the mortgage meltdown, including the role played by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The book places much of the blame on Fannie Mae's aggressive efforts to build its market share, and also has choice words about what it calls a "disastrous" housing policy put in place by President Bill Clinton.
This book explains the impact of the resurgence in interest in urban living among young professionals and looks at the efforts of suburban communities to create their own mixed-use urban centers to help attract them.
The author of this book pulls no punches in describing the disparate impact of the foreclosure crisis on specific demographic groups of Americans. The book offers a very important perspective on the long-term impact of foreclosures.
Few authors have as much experience getting to know the children of the inner city as Jonathan Kozol, who brings all that experience to bear in this fascinating and personal at some of the kids he's known as they enter adulthood.
If there is one authoritative, practical guide to what it means to implement smart growth and new urbanist principles, this is it. From Andres Duany and two other co-authors, the book lays out the basics. It makes an excellent reference for planning and development.
Starting with a revealing look at how Detroit and Philadelphia have taken different approaches to design and planning, the author calls for a revival of visionary design tempered with the lessons gained about community planning, as well as acceptance of new patterns of land use in declining cities.
From Despair to Hope
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The Upcycle
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This volume offers an evaluation of one of the nation's most powerfully transformative urban programs, that is, the HOPE VI program for redevelopment of public housing. Co-authored by the cabinet secretary who started the program, Henry Cisneros, it explains the program's successes and describes how it fell short of expectations.
This environmental manifesto outlines ways to move from simply doing less damage to the environment to designing our products and systems that allow us to meet our needs, while in the process, improving the environment. It's an eye-opening, paradigm shifting book with a powerfully positive message about environmental sustainability and ecology.
An in-depth look at the tenure of John Lindsay as mayor of New York City during the tumultuous 1960s, this collection of essays offers important insight into ideas for urban progress that are just as important today as they were in Lindsay's day.
If you are looking for a practical, succinct description of the reasons for the increased interest in smart growth and more compact communities, this book is a good choice. It explains how real estate developers can build communities that are
more environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable.
This collection of essays from leading academics and thinkers on urban issues was put together by Princeton University Press. It delivers important ideas on how to make cities more successful, focusing specifically on education, housing and many other aspects of city life.
A historical account of the growth of subprime mortgage lending from 2000 to 2007 and the resulting mortgage meltdown, this book makes an excellent reference for your library. It has a particular focus on Countrywide Financial.
This look at the housing and mortgage crisis comes at it from the perspective of regular Americans who were at the center of the crisis and examines the consequences of pushing underqualified buyers into ownership. It tells the personal stories of people affect around our country.
James Rouse was a pioneer in urban revitalization, and an inspirational leader in the finance and development of affordable housing. His biography is a must-read for those concerned about the challenges facing American cities today, and for students of the history of the nation's urban problems and government efforts to address them. Told in a very readable way, the story of his life unfolds in this book, from the start of his career in the mortgage business during the New Deal up to creation of the Enterprise Foundation and its lead role in the housing tax credit program.
Narrative descriptions of the people and the hard work behind the revitalization of troubled parts of Boston, New York and other major American cities. The book offers inspiring stories as well as information on the kinds of government support need to make grassroots efforts successful.
Walkable City
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The arguments in favor of better provision for pedestrian access in urban areas are pulled together succinctly and clearly in this book, along with a practical 10-step plan for making any city more pedestrian friendly. Planners, transportation officials and real estate development execs should have this close at hand in their office.
This guide to making good decisions and managing collaborations to improve communities from the Pew Partnership for Civic Change is a practical resource for people involved in community organization and governance.
This book tells the fascinating tale of development of the rail transit systems in Los Angeles and how local advocates and politicians won over the public and gained passage of critical local tax measures as well as landing federal grant support. to create the current Metro Rail system.
The publisher calls this book a guide for smart, active citizens who want to rebuild America in a sustainable, sensible way. The book tells the story of how one American town rebuilt itself after a devastating tornado to be "Greentown, USA" and offers advise on how to make similar progress in your own community.
Learn how to live sustainably in the city, the suburbs, or the country in this helpful how-to guide. It talks about how you can grow, store and prepare your own food, even if you have a limited amount of land for gardening.
This book goes one step beyond explaining how to create an economy that does not deplete our resources. Instead of just trying to reduce our negative impact on the environment, the author argues for changes in how we live that will actually enhance environmental conditions. It's a paradigm shift of significant proportions.
This book offers a timeless look at homelessness that resonates loudly
today, as the number of children without homes has risen every year
since the recession began. It is from Jonathan Kozol, one of America’s most forceful and eloquent
observers of the intersection of race, poverty, and education. This book was first published in 1988 and  
is based on the months the author spent among America’s homeless.
In this wide-ranging book, authors Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera go back several decades to give the history of the financial crisis in a way no previous book has done. They explore the motivations of everyone from famous CEOs, cabinet secretaries, and politicians to anonymous lenders, borrowers, analysts, and Wall Street traders.
Affordable housing gets a strong factual defenses from NIMBY attacks in this book from Princeton University Press. When affordable housing was built in Mt. Laurel, N.J., opponents warned of rising crime and decreasing property values. None of the predicted ill effects occurred, according to research conducted by Douglas S. Massey and reports in this book.
In this book coauthored by two of the cofounders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, you will find all the arguments for ending suburban sprawl to be well presented and illustrated. This tenth anniversary edition includes a new preface by the authors. It's a must-have for the library of anyone involved in urban planning and infill development.
This politically-charged analysis of the economic changes that have hurt the American middle class will be sure to stimulate your thinking, and maybe some spirited debate. If you are concerned that Congress and business are destroying the American Dream of upward mobility, this book should be on our reading list.

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