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The Informal American City: Beyond Taco Trucks and Day Labor (book)

The informal American city: Beyond taco trucks and day labor

 / Mukhija, V. & Loukaitou-Sideris, A. (Eds.). — Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, 2014.

 viii, 325 pages : illustrations, graphs, tables, index, bibl. — (Urban and industrial environments)

 Comprised of papers exploring the nature, organizing strategies, spatial use, planning and regulation of informal
 activities in U.S. cities (e.g., Los Angeles, Sacramento, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, Kansas City, Atlantic City
 and New York City). Topics explored include unpermitted in-law apartments, ad hoc support for the homeless, urban
 agriculture and community gardens, property rights of sidewalks, street vending and food carts, and day labour.

Next generation infrastructure: Principles for post-industrial public works (book)

Next generation infrastructure: Principles for post-industrial public works

 / Brown, H. — Washington, DC : Island Press, 2014.

 1 online resource (xv, 241 pages) : illustrations, index, EPUB.

 Focusing on the American context, the book explores new directions for optimizing infrastructure (i.e., energy, water
 and waste management facilities and systems) so that they are multipurpose, more interconnected, more resilient,
 have a smaller impact on the environment and not focused on the industrial age paradigm. These include an
 integrated approach for green heat and energy production that produces economies of scale, energy efficiencies and
 waste reduction; advancing soft path water infrastructure (natural or bioengineered systems); designing community-
 friendly facilities that integrate within the neighbourhood; hard and soft construction for resilient coasts and
 waterways, protecting against surges and flooding; and augmenting water sources and improving storage to reduce
 water stress (e.g., droughts and water scarcity).

Transport Beyond Oil (book)

Transport beyond oil: Policy choices for a multimodal future

 / Renne, J. L. & Fields, B. (Eds.). — Washington, DC : Island Press, 2013.

 1 online resource (xiii, 320 pages) illustrations, maps, tables, index, bibl., EPUB.

 The first part examines transportation energy consumption, its role in climate change, and petroleum demand and
 vulnerability in the United States. The second part explores transportation solutions to reducing oil dependence,
 including public transportation, high-speed rail, biodiesel use in freight trains, walking, bicycling and optimizing the
 freight transportation system. The final section looks at cities in the future based around renewable energy and
 electric transport, the demand and role of transit-oriented development in reducing petroleum dependence, global
 sustainable transportation trends, the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program, and creating a national policy
 framework for transportation oil reduction.

Urban economics and urban policy: Challenging conventional policy wisdom (book)

Urban economics and urban policy: Challenging conventional policy wisdom

 / Cheshire, P. C., Nathan, M., & Overman, H. G. — Cheltenham, Gloucestershire : Edward Elgar, 2014.

 1 online resource (xii, 238 pages) : illustrations, index, bibl., EPUB.

 Explores how urban agglomeration economies work (i.e., urban economic performance and residential segregation
 and sorting); whether there is a need for market-led land use regulation (i.e., planning for a housing crisis, congestion
 pricing, planning and economic performance, and planning reforms); and the impact of governance on economic
 performance, including devolution and urban policies. The book examines three themes: the need for realism to
 counter strong market forces, the ineffectiveness of urban growth policies and interventions, and how the outcomes
 of people, and not places, should be the focus of urban policy.


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