CP 4020: Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning
Modified Syllabus and Reading Links
Georgia Institute of Technology
College of Design
School of City and Regional Planning
Skip to: Main Books ∙ What Is Planning? ∙ A Brief History of Planning ∙ Zoning and Land Use in the United States ∙ Where Is the Public in Planning? ∙ Housing: Affordability and Gentrification ∙ Additional Information on Rent Control, Section 8 Housing, and Discrimination in Housing Markets ∙ Housing: Provision of Public Housing ∙ Environmental Planning: The Impacts of Development ∙ Environmental Planning: Parks and Greenspace ∙ Transportation: Auto-Dependent Development ∙ Transportation: Building, Funding, and Maintaining Public Transit ∙ Economic Development and the Growth of Cities ∙ Stadia, Festivals, and Other Megaprojects ∙ GIS and Urban Analytics ∙ Urban Design and City Form ∙ Community Development and Immigrant Communities ∙ Crime and Health ∙ Internationalizing Planning Knowledge ∙ Planning for All Bodies and All Abilities
Case Studies: The Minneapolis 2040 Plan ∙ The Globeville and Elyria-Swansea Neighborhoods of Denver, Colorado ∙ Urban Form in Monterrey, Mexico ∙ New York City’s Subways ∙ Indiana Enterprise Center in St. Joseph County, Indiana ∙ An Alternative Approach to Planning in Jackson, Mississippi
Class #1: What Is Planning?
Brasuell, James. “Searching for the Essence of Planning at the National Planning Conference.” Planetizen, April 14, 2019.
Etienne, Harley F., and Faga, Barbara. “Chapter 1: Introduction.” From Planning Atlanta.
Rittel, Horst W. J., and Webber, Melvin M. “Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning.” Policy Sciences, Volume 4 (1973), pp. 155–169.
Class #2: A Brief History of Planning
“Chapter 1: Introduction.” From The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
“Chapter 3: London’s Motorways,” from Great Planning Disasters.
Mumford, Eric. “Chapter 1: The Emergence of Modern Urbanism: European Cities in the Nineteenth Century,” and “Chapter 2: Cities in the Americas and the International Influence of the City Beautiful Movement.” From Designing the Modern City: Urbanism Since 1850 (Yale University Press, 2018).
Class #3: Zoning and Land Use in the United States
Allen, Douglas. “Chapter 1: Learning from Atlanta.” From Planning Atlanta.
Holeywell, Ryan. “Forget What You’ve Heard, Houston Really Does Have Zoning (Sort Of).” Urban Edge, September 8, 2015.
Roy, Jessica. “From video game to day job: how ‘SimCity’ inspired a generation of city planners.” Los Angeles Times, March 5, 2019.
Smart Growth America. Measuring Sprawl 2014. Report, August 2014.
Class #4: Where Is the Public in Planning?
Eplan, Leon S. “Chapter 8: The Genesis of Citizen Participation in Atlanta,” from Planning Atlanta.
Faga, Barbara. “Chapter 9: Freedom Park: A Modern Day Battle,” from Planning Atlanta.
Innes, Judith E., and Booher, David E. “Reframing public participation: strategies for the 21st century.” Planning Theory & Practice, Volume 5, No. 4 (2004), pp. 419–436.
O’Sullivan, Fergus. “In Switzerland, Everyone’s an Urban Planner.” CityLab, April 30, 2019.
Tyrnauer, Matt, dir. Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (Altimeter Films, 2016).
Case Study: The Minneapolis 2040 Plan
Flisrand, Janne. “Minneapolis 2040’s Secret Sauce Was Engagement.” Streets.mn, December 10, 2018.
Grabar, Henry. “Minneapolis Confronts Its History of Housing Segregation.” Slate, December 7, 2018.
Nesterak, Max. “What’s new in the new Minneapolis 2040 plan?” MPR News, October 1, 2018.
Palazzolo, Alan, and Mannix, Andy. “Find out how your block could change with the Minneapolis 2040 plan.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, December 7, 2018.
Class #5: Housing: Affordability and Gentrification
Daniels, Ron. “Gentrification: The New ‘Negro Removal’ Program.” IBW21.org, November 26, 2018.
Dobbins, Michael, “Chapter 10: Race and Class in Atlanta-Style Development: Promoting Inclusion and Justice,” from Planning Atlanta.
Herbert, Christopher; Hermann, Alexander; and McCue, Daniel. “Measuring Housing Affordability: Assessing the 30 Percent of Income Standard.” Working Paper, Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, September 2018.
Mock, Brentin, “Where Gentrification Is an Emergency, and Where It’s Not.” CityLab, April 5, 2019.
Perry, Andre M.; Rothwell, Jonathan; and Harshbarger, David. “The devaluation of assets in black neighborhoods: The case of residential property.” Report, Brookings Institute, November 27, 2018.
Zuk, Miriam; Bierbaum, Ariel H.; Chapple, Karen; Gorska, Karolina; Loukaitou-Sideris, Anastasia; Ong, Paul; and Thomas, Trevor. “Gentrification, Displacement and the Role of Public Investment: A Literature Review.” Working Paper 2015-05, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, August 2015.
Additional Information on Rent Control, Section 8 Housing, and Discrimination in Housing Markets
Coble, Christopher. “Do Landlords Have to Accept Section 8?” FindLaw, July 2, 2015.
Edelman, Benjamin; Luca, Michael; and Svirsky, Dan. “Racial Discrimination in the Sharing Economy: Evidence from a Field Experiment.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Volume 9, No. 2 (April 2017), pp. 1–22.
Kasakove, Sophie. “The Deceptive, Shameful, Ludicrously Funded War Against Rent Control.” The New Republic, October 18, 2018.
Wiltz, Teresa. “Getting a Section 8 Voucher Is Hard. Finding a Landlord Willing to Accept It Is Harder.” Pew Trusts, August 31, 2018.
Class #6: Housing: The Provision of Public Housing
Boston, Thomas D. “Chapter 11: Public Housing Demolition and Neighborhood Revitalization,” from Planning Atlanta.
Keating, Larry. “Redeveloping Public Housing.” Journal of the American Planning Association, Volume 66, No. 4 (2000), pp. 384–397.
Marshall, Colin. “Pruitt-Igoe: the troubled high-rise that came to define urban America.” The Guardian, April 22, 2015, .
Schofield, Kevin. “Understanding Rent Control.” SCC Insight, April 25, 2019.
Class #7: Environmental Planning: The Impacts of Development
BenDor, Todd, Brozović, Nicholas, and Pallathucheril, Varkki George. “The Social Impacts of Wetland Mitigation Policies in the United States.” Journal of Planning Literature, Volume 22, Issue 4 (2008).
Daniels, Thomas L. “A Trail Across Time: American Environmental Planning from City Beautiful to Sustainability.” Journal of the American Planning Association, Volume 75, No. 2 (2009), pp. 178–192.
Levy, Alon. “Growth and Environmentalism.” Pedestrian Observations, April 8, 2019.
Case Study: The Globeville and Elyria-Swansea Neighborhoods of Denver, Colorado
Beaty, Kevin. “PHOTO Essay: Globeville and Elyria-Swansea live with a legacy of pollution.” Denverite, October 8, 2016.
Booth, Michael. “Making Noise in Globeville and Elyria-Swansea.” Article for The Colorado Trust, September 12, 2018.
Gardner, Natasha. “Welcome to Globeville.” 5280, November 2014.
Class #8: Environmental Planning: Parks and Greenspace
Bloch, Sam. “Shade: An Urban Design Mandate.” Places Journal, April 2019.
Garvin, Alexander. “Chapter 18: Atlanta’s BeltLine: The Emerald Necklace Shaping the City’s Future.” From Planning Atlanta.
Noakes, Taylor C. “Montreal Tried to Close a Popular Park to Drivers. Why Didn’t It Work?” CityLab, April 9, 2019.
Vargo, Jason. “Chapter 26: Planning for the Forest and the Trees: The City in a Forest.” From Planning Atlanta.
Wolch, Jennifer R.; Bryne, Jason; and Newell, Joshua P. “Urban green space, public health, and environmental justice: The challenge of making cities ‘just green enough’.” Landscape and Urban Planning, Volume 125 (May 2014): 234–244.
Case Study: Urban Form in Monterrey, Mexico
Federal government of Mexico and National Institute of Women, Nuevo León. Programa de Igualdad de Género de la Secretaría de Desarrollo Sustentable del Estado de Nuevo León. Report published 2012.
Guerra, Erick; Caudillo, Camilo; Monkkonen, Paavo; and Montejano, Jorge. “Urban form, transit supply, and travel behavior in Latin America: Evidence from Mexico's 100 largest urban areas.” Transport Policy, Volume 69 (2018), pp. 98-105.
Mittermaier, Pascal. “Growing Greener in Mexico’s City of the Mountains.” Huffington Post, December 6, 2017.
Monkonnen, Paavo; Comandon, Andre; Montejero Escamilla, Jorge Alberto; Guerra, Erick. “Urban sprawl and the growing geographic scale of segregation in Mexico, 1990–2010.” Habitat International, Volume 73 (2018), pp. 89–95.
Peña, Sergio. “Recent Trends and Practice in Spatial Planning in Mexico: The Municipal Planning and Research Institutes.” Gestión y Política Pública, Volume 21, No. 2 (2012), pp. 407–449.
Schneider, Annemarie; Woodcock, Curtis E. “Compact, Dispersed, Fragmented, Extensive? A Comparison of Urban Growth in Twenty-five Global Cities using Remotely Sensed Data, Pattern Metrics and Census Information.” Urban Studies, Volume 45, No. 3 (2008), pp. 659–692.
Class #9: Transportation: Auto-Dependent Development
“Chapter 18: Erosion of cities of attrition of automobiles,” from The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
Ross, Catherine, “Chapter 14: Regional Growth, Transportation, and Congestion: The Atlanta Problem,” from Planning Atlanta.
Shoup, Donald, “Chapter 1: The Twentieth-Century Parking Problem,” from The High Cost of Free Parking (American Planning Association, 2011).
Shoup, Donald, “Parking Price Therapy,” Planning Magazine, October 2018, pp. 33–36.
Class #10: Transportation: Building, Funding, and Maintaining Public Transit
“Chapter 5: San Francisco’s BART System,” from Great Planning Disasters.
Paget-Seekins, Laurel, “Chapter 15: From Transit as a Social Service to Transit as Congestion Relief: The Failure of Transit Planning in Atlanta,” from Planning Atlanta.
West, Harry, “Chapter 7: Building Transit in Atlanta: From Streetcars to MARTA,” from Planning Atlanta.
Reed, Drew, “How Curitiba’s BRT stations sparked a transport revolution,” The Guardian, May 26, 2015.
Case Study: New York City’s Subways
Barro, Josh. “Why New York Can’t Have Nice Things.” New York Magazine, May 30, 2019.
Finnegan, William. “Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?” The New Yorker, July 2, 2018.
Kolker, Robert. “One Day, 625 Delays.” New York Magazine, February 23, 2016.
Sargent, Joseph, dir. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Palomar Pictures, 1974).
Class #11: Economic Development and the Growth of Cities
Currid-Halkett, Elizabeth, and Stolarick, Kevin. “The Great Divide: Economic Development Theory Versus Practice—A Survey of the Current Landscape.” Economic Development Quarterly, Volume 25, No. 2 (2011), pp. 143–157.
Levy, John M., “What Local Economic Developers Actually Do: Location Quotients versus Press Releases.” Journal of the American Planning Association, Volume 56, Issue 2 (1990), pp. 153–160.
Molotch, Harvey. “The city as growth machine: Toward a political economy of place.” American Journal of Sociology, Volume 82, No. 2 (Sept. 1976), pp. 309–322.
Saporta, Maria, “Chapter 12: The Evolution of the Business Leaders Who Built Modern Atlanta,” from Planning Atlanta.
Case Study: Does the Public Get to Participate in Economic Development? The Case of the Indiana Enterprise Center in St. Joseph County, IN
The Antero Group. “St. Joseph County Northwest Industrial Logistics Center Project Summary.” May 4, 2018.
Booker, Ted. “St. Joseph County has big plans for development near New Carlisle. A ditch is in the way.” South Bend Tribune, January 6, 2019.
Booker, Ted. “Farmers, environmentalists raise concerns about ditch relocation plan in New Carlisle area.” South Bend Tribune, February 5, 2019.
Booker, Ted. “A ‘secret’ land acquisition map? Plan showing ‘target’ properties worries New Carlisle farmers.” South Bend Tribune, March 15, 2019.
Booker, Ted. “Elwood vs. New Carlisle: Could proposed industrial park backfire on St. Joseph County?” South Bend Tribune, March 24, 2019.
Community Forum for Economic Justice. “Subsidies in Indiana and St. Joseph County: 2010-2015/16.”
Rea, Jeff. “Indiana Enterprise Center Development.” Press Release by the South Bend Regional Chamber, September 21, 2018.
Weaver-Stoesz, Marlys. “Farmers Wary of New Carlisle Development Plans.” The Farmer’s Exchange, October 19, 2018.
Class #12: Stadia, Festivals, and Other Megaprojects
DeCosta, Benjamin R., “Chapter 16: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: A City of Its Own,” from Planning Atlanta.
deMause, Neil. “Why are Georgia taxpayers paying $700m for a new stadium?” The Guardian, September 29, 2017.
“Chapter 2: London’s Third Airport,” from Great Planning Disasters.
“Chapter 6: Sydney’s Opera House,” from Great Planning Disasters.
Kahn, Michael. “How Atlanta’s Olympic Venues Are Faring, 20 Years Later.” Curbed Atlanta, July 19, 2016.
Krohe, James, Jr. “Five-Ring Circus: Do Cities Win or Lose with the Olympic Games?” Planning, February 2010, pp. 8–13.
Roark, Randal, “Chapter 19: The Legacy of the Centennial Olympic Games,” from Planning Atlanta.
Zimbalist, Andrew. Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup. 2nd Edition. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press (2016).
Class #13: GIS and Urban Analytics
Andris, Clio. “Measuring Geographic Pull Power: A Case Study of US College Athletic Teams.” The Professional Geographer, Volume 70, No. 3 (2018), pp. 476–490.
Center for Government Excellence (GovEx), Johns Hopkins University. “Data Science Podcast Episode 33: Data Science Done Right.” March 17, 2017.
Comber, Alexis; Brundson, Chris; and Green, Edmund. “Using a GIS-based network analysis to determine urban greenspace accessibility for different ethnic and religious groups.” Landscape and Urban Planning, Volume 86 (2008), pp. 103–114.
Matthews, Dylan. “The radical plan to change how Harvard teaches economics.” Vox, May 22, 2019.
Class #14: Urban Design and City Form
Dunham-Jones, Ellen, and Williamson, June. “Dead and Dying Shopping Malls, Re-Inhabited.” Architectural Design, Volume 87, Issue 5, pp. 84–91.
“Chapter 10: The need for aged buildings.” From The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
Lynch, Kevin. “Chapter I: The Image of the Environment.” From The Image of the City (MIT Press, 1960).
Sharp, Leslie N. “Chapter 5: Crazy Like the Fox: Atlanta’s Preservation Schizophrenia.” From Planning Atlanta.
Class #15: Community Development and Immigrant Communities
Allen, Kathleen; Pasucal, Aixa; Prljaca, Lejla; and Watkins, Malik. When Extended Stay Becomes Home. Report published by LiveNorcross, May 2019.
Cohen Morris, Rebekah. “Housing Displacement & Impacts on Local Schools.” Georgian Educator, March 13, 2019.
Kim, Anna J.; Levin, Josh M.; and Botchwey, Nisha D. “Planning with Unauthorized Immigrant Communities: What Can Cities Do?” Journal of Planning Literature, Volume 33, Issue 1 (2018), pp. 3–16.
Liu, Cathy Yang; Miller, Jonathan; and Wang, Qingfang. “Ethnic enterprises and community development.” GeoJournal, Volume 79, Issue 5 (October 2014), pp. 565–576.
Class #16: Not Planning, Exactly, But Certainly Relevant: Crime and Health
Botchwey, Nisha; Lee, Susannah; Leous, Audrey; and Guhathakurta, Subhro. “Chapter 13: Neighborhood Quality of Life and Health in Atlanta.” From Planning Atlanta.
Cozens, Paul, and Love, Terence. “A Review and Current Status of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED).” Journal of Planning Literature, Volume 30, Number 4 (2015), pp. 393–412.
Kelling, George L., and Wilson, James Q. “Broken Windows: The police and neighborhood safety.” The Atlantic, March 1982.
Wu, Yizheng; Rowangould, Dana; London, Jonathan K.; and Karner, Alex. “Modeling health equity in active transportation planning.” Volume 67 (February 2019), pp. 528–540.
Case Study: An Alternative Approach to Planning in Jackson, Mississippi
Akuno, Kali. The Jackson-Kush Plan: The Struggle for Black Self-Determination and Economic Democracy. Malcom X Grassroots Movement & New Afrikan People’s Organization.
Cooperation Jackson. “Reflections on 2018: A Year of Struggle, Lessons and Progress.” cooperationjackson.org, December 14, 2018.
Gilbert, Katie. “The Socialist Experiment.” Oxford American, Issue 98 (Fall 2017).
Class #17: Internationalizing Planning Knowledge
Bosker, Bianca. “Why haven’t China’s cities learned from America’s mistakes?” The Guardian, August 20, 2014.
Levy, Alon. “Why American Costs Are So High (Work-in-Progress).” Pedestrian Observations, March 3, 2019.
The World Bank. Poland Catching-Up Regions 2: Podkarpackie and Świętokrzyskie: Towards More Efficient Spatial Planning. Report, May 2018.
Yang, Zhenshan; Jia, Peng; Liu, Weidong; and Yin, Hongchun. “Car ownership and urban development in Chinese cities: A panel data analysis.” Journal of Transport Geography 58 (2017): 127–134.
Class #18: Planning for All Bodies and All Abilities
National Conference of State Legislatures and AARP Public Policy Institute, “Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices.” Research Report, December 2011.
Stafford, Lisa, and Baldwin, Claudia. “Planning Walkable Neighborhoods: Are We Overlooking Diversity in Abilities and Ages?” Journal of Planning Literature, Volume 33, Issue 1 (2018), pp. 17–30.
Staples, Jamie, and Essex, Stephen. “Design, Disability and the Planning Challenge: The Reality of Living with Severely Disabled Children.” Planning Practice & Research, Volume 31, No. 3 (2016), pp. 327–346.
This Little Miggy, “Accessible Dream Home Update: Universal Design.” November 5, 2018.
Warner, Mildred E.; Homsy, George C.; and Morken, Lydia J. “Planning for Aging in Place: Stimulating a Market and Government Response.” Journal of Planning Education and Research, Volume 37, Issue 1 (2017), pp. 29–42.