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The Urban and Regional Planning Reader: Textbook (Routledge Urban Reader Series) Hardcover – 12 Dec 2008


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"Educators unfamiliar with Routledge’s Urban Reader series will find The Urban and Regional Planning Reader to be a refreshing collection for introductory planning classes. Birch’s reader goes beyond the typical compilation of articles organized by topic and introduced by short prefaces to become a truly artful anthology of seminal and forward-looking writings about urban and regional planning."  Journal of the American Planning Association, March 2010

 

"[Birch] should be commended for navigating such a broad field to assemble this generally representative survey."—Michael R. Glass, Urban Studies Program, University of Pittsuburgh, in The Pennsylvania Geographer 48, 1

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Eugenie L Birch FAICP, Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education, Department of City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania.

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Decent, for the most part. 12 Nov. 2010
By zerbekw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I use this book, along with The City Reader, in one of my classes. It provides a decent foundation with pieces by many of the classic urbanists and early planners, and that's important. However, many of the articles I find repeating each other in general theme, so when one is assigned multiple readings using this text the readings can feel tedious. Also, none of the articles (as far as I know) are complete versions of the author's original piece, making the selected portions feel weaker and often out of context. Hopefully a revised edition will find the editors including more of the original pieces. Overall, the book is a decent one if all you want is something to lay a basic foundation for urban planning. Anything more than that, and you may find it beneficial to find the original writings featured in the book. The City Reader is a better reader with many of the same authors, so I would recommend picking that up over this one.
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