COMMENTARY, MOSTLY ABOUT PFLUGERVILLE

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This page has a list of books with content relevant to issues relating to land use and transportation. Some of the authors are advocates of smart growth and the new urbanism. Some of the others are critics. Both advocates and critics find support for their arguments from the classic book, The Life and Death of Great American Cities. by Jane Jacobs. The book about the Levittowners by Herbert J. Gans is commonly cited by authors who argue that there is not a low level of a "sense of community" in suburban life. A claim for such a low level is often made by advocates of smart growth and the new urbanism. These two books can be found at the end of the list.

Any local public libraries holding a particular book are listed with each entry.

Photographs: Taken outside of the Pflugerville Community Library in November 2007

Illustrations: Courtesy of eDigg.com Clipart



Abhijeet Chavan, Christian Peralta, and Christopher Steins, editors. Planetizen's Contemprary Debates in Urban Planning. Washington: Island Press, 2007.

Book information from Planetizen.

Availability:
Amazon price: $19.95 as of February 21, 2008.
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Robert E. Lang and Jennifer B. LeFurgy. Boomburbs: The Rise of America's Accidental Cities. Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2007.

Book information from the Brookings Institution Press.

Availability:
Pflugerville Community Library, Catalog number 307.7609 LANG 2007
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Witold Rybczynski. Last Harvest: How a Cornfield Became New Daleville: Real Estate Development in America from George Washington to the Builders of the Twenty-first Century and Why We Live in Houses Anyway. New York: Scribner, 2007.

Availability:
Austin Public Library: Faulk Central Library, Catalog number 307.7680974 RY
Austin Public Library: Twin Oaks Branch, Catalog number 307.7680974 RY
Round Rock Public Library: Catalog number 307.768 RYB
Kindle Edition, April 17, 2007.
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Randal O'Toole. The Best-Laid Plans. How Government Planning Harms Your Quality of Life, Your Pocketbook, and Your Future. Washington: Cato Institute, 2007.

Randal O'Toole's Blog is located here.

Availability:
Amazon price: $15.61 as of February 21, 2008.
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William T. Bogart. Don't Call It Sprawl: Metropolitan Structure in the 21st Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

"Trading Places" by Jesse Walker: William T. Bogart was interviewed on December 11, 2006.
Kindle Edition, June 27, 2007.

Availability:
Amazon price (for the paperback): $24.99 as of February 21, 2008.
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Wendell Cox. War on the Dream: How Anti-Sprawl Policy Threatens the Quality of Life. Lincoln, Nebraska: iUniverse, 2006.

Book description

"Housing affordability: Smart Growth Abuses Are Creating a 'Rent Belt' of High-Cost Areas" by Wendell Cox and Ronald D. Utt, January 22, 2007.

"Mass Transit: Separating Delusion from Reality, September 10, 2007.

Availability:
Amazon price: $20.95 as of February 21, 2008.
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Ted Balaker and Sam Staley. The Road More Traveled: Why the Congestion Crisis Matters More Than You Think, and What We Can Do about It. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2006.

"Making gridlock a priority" by Sam Staley, December 27, 2006.

5 myths about Suburbia and Our Car-Happy Culture" by Ted Balaker and Sam Staley, January 28, 2007.

"Pols Love Public Transit -- Just Not for Themselves" by Ted Balaker, September 2, 2007.

"Why Mobility Matters" by Ted Balaker, August 2006.

"Why Mobility Matters to Personal Life" by Ted Balaker, July 2007.

Availability:
Amazon price: 24.95 as of February 21, 2008.
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Anthony Flint. This Land: The Battle over Sprawl and the Future of America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.

"'This Land' examines the brawl over sprawl" (A book review by Chuck Leddy, October 2, 2006).

Availability:
Austin Public Library: Faulk Central Library, Catalog number 307.760973 FL
Round Rock Public Library: Catalog number 307.76 FLI
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Robert Fishman, ed. New Urbanism: Peter Calthorpe vs. Lars Lerup. New York: Distributed Arts Press, 2005.
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Robert Bruegmann. Sprawl: A Compact History. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2005.

A book review by Vincent J. Cannato of Sprawl: A Compact History.

"A Call to Rethink Sprawl" by Jay Tolson: Robert Bruegmann was interviewed.

"Urban myths: Sprawl gets a bad press but It has given us privacy, mobility and choice" by Robert Bruegmann.

A book review by Randal O'Toole of Sprawl: A Compact History.

Availability:
Austin Public Library: Faulk Central Library, Catalog number 307.76 BR
Austin Public Library: Spicewood Springs Branch, Catalog number 307.76 BR
Round Rock Public Library: Catalog number 307.76 BRU
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Hank Dittmar and Gloria Ohland, eds. The New Transit Town: Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development. Washington: Island Press, 2004.

Availability:
Austin Public Library: Faulk Central Library, Catalog number 388.40973 NE
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Peter Hall. Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2002.
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Richard Florida. The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community, and Everyday Life New York: Basic Books, 2002.

Availability:
Austin Public Library: Milwood Branch, Catalog number 153.35 FL
Austin Public Library: Spicewood Springs Branch, Catalog number 153.35 FL
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Randal O'Toole. The Vanishing Automobile and Other Urban Myths: How Smart Growth Will Harm American Cities. Bardon, Oregon: The Thoreau Institute, 2001.

Updates to The Vanishing Automobile.
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Peter Calthorpe and William Fulton. The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl. Washington: Island Press, 2001.

Availability:
Austin Public Library: Faulk Central Library, Catalog number 307.1216097 CA
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Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck. Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream. New York: North Point Press, 2000.

A book review by Randal O'Toole of Suburban Nation.

Availability:
Austin Public Library: Faulk Central Library, Catalog number 307.760973 DU
Austin Public Library: Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, Catalog number 307.760973 DU
Round Rock Public Library: Catalog number 307.76 DUA
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Jane S. Shaw and Ronald D. Utt, eds. A Guide to Smart Growth: Shattering Myths, Providing Solutions. Washington: Heritage Foundation, 2000.
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Donald C. Williams. Urban Sprawl: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2000.

Availability:
Round Rock Public Library: Catalog number 307.76 WIL
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Alex Marshall. How Cities Work: Suburbs, Sprawl, and the Roads Not Taken. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2000.

Availability:
Round Rock Public Library: Catalog number 307.76 MAR
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Joel Kotkin. The New Geography: How the Digital Revolution Is Shaping the American Landscape. New York: Random House, 2000.

Availability:
Round Rock Public Library: Catalog number 307.76 KOT
Kindle Edition
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Peter Hall. Cities in Civilization: Culture, Innovation, and Urban Order. London: Phoenix, 1999.

Availability:
Austin Public Library: Faulk Central Library, Catalog number 307.7609 HA
Austin Public Library: St. John Branch, Catalog number 307.7609 HA
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Philip Langdon. A Better Place to Live: Reshaping the American Suburb. Amherst: The University of Massachusetts Press, 1994.

Availability:
Austin Public Library: Faulk Central Library, Catalog number 307.1214097 LA
Austin Public Library: Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, Catalog number 307.1214097 LA
Austin Public Library: Yarborough Branch, Catalog number 307.1214097 LA
Round Rock Public Library (in online electronic books collection)
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James Howard Kunstler. The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape. New York: Touchstone, 1993.

Kunstler is a critic of suburbs. For an example of his viewpoint, see his Web page concerning Pflugerville here.

Availability:
Pflugerville Community Library, Catalog number 720.47 KUNS
Austin Public Library: Faulk Central Library, Catalog number 720.47 KU
Austin Public Library: Yarborough Branch, Catalog number 720.47 KU
Round Rock Public Library: Catalog number 720.47 KUN
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Peter Calthorpe. The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1993.

Availability:
Austin Public Library: Faulk Central Library, Catalog number 307.760973 CA
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Anthony Downs. Stuck in Traffic: Coping with Peak Hour Traffic Congestion. Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 1992.

Availability:
Round Rock Public Library: available as an ebook (NetLibrary, Inc., 2000)
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Joel Garreau. Edge City: Life on the New Frontier. New York: Anchor Books, 1991.

Availability:
Austin Public Library: Faulk Central Library, Catalog number 307.760973 GA
Austin Public Library: Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, Catalog number 307.760973 GA
Also, Edge City is available for reading, chapter by chapter, here at "The Garreau Group" Web site. (Look down the right column of the Web page.)
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Lewis Mumford. The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects. New York: MJF Books, c 1989 and 1961.

Availability:
Round Rock Public Library: Catalog number 307.76 MUM
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Alexei Gutnov, A. Baburov, G. Djumenton, S. Kharitonova, I. Lezava, and S. Sadovskij. The Ideal Communist City. New York: George Braziller, 1968.

The similarities between smart growth planning and the land use planning advocated by the authors of The Ideal Communist City, who were affiliated with the University of Moscow in the 1950s when the book was written, have been set forth by Randal O'Toole in "Smart Growth and the Ideal City". __________________________________________________

Herbert J. Gans. The Levittowners: Ways of Life and Politics in a New Suburban Community. New York: Columbia University Press, 1967.
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Jane Jacobs. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. (Still available now as a Modern Library edition, 1993).

Smart Growth and New Urbanism advocates and critics have both claimed to have found support for their arguments in this book, which appeared earlier as a Vintage Books publication in 1961.

Availability:
Austin Public Library: Faulk Central Library, Catalog number 307.760973 JA
Austin Public Library: Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, Catalog number 307.760973 JA
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