7 Books Any Urbanist Would Love

There are lots of great urbanist reading lists out there.

But if you’re looking for something a little outside the usual urbanist wheelhouse, you might enjoy this diverse list!

While these selections aren’t strictly cannon, they share a perspective shifting quality about streets and our daily reality that we think you or someone you love who lives in and/or interested in cities will greatly enjoy.

Principles of Great Cities

Why are some cities so heavily frequented by tourists and others not?

Of course familiarity has something to do with it. But tourism numbers usually reflect the aesthetic and social beauty of cities that make them attractive places to visit as well as to live.

That, in a nutshell, is the overview of this wonderfully perceptive video which uncovers some important principles of great city design.

The Superhero of Cities

What can reduce air pollution, noise pollution, increase public spaces, increase local business and economic vibrancy, and make a city more social and pleasant?

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a Superblock?

It’s not quite clear what led him to visit a juvenile prison and to come up with a seemingly crazy idea of taking convicted criminals out of prison and on long trail rides.

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