Urban Planning For Dummies
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URBAN PLANNING FOR DUMMIES®
All communities – from small towns to large metropolises – rely on urban planning to thrive and grow. A well-designed urban plan allows communities to take stock of what’s good and bad about the community in the present, and determine the best improvements to make for the future. Oftentimes, it can be a challenge to build consensus between different members of the local government or between citizens on what is best, making the need for an overall understanding of how urban planning works absolutely crucial.
“Cities can change in many different ways, and what works in the planning of one place may not work as well in another,” says Jordan Yin, author of Urban Planning For Dummies® (Wiley; March 2012; Paper; $29.99). Even an urban plan for a small town can be complex, and it’s important to fully understand all aspects of planning in order to make the best decisions for a particular community.
Yin’s book, Urban Planning For Dummies, can give everyone, from city officials to everyday citizens, a clearer understanding of what goes into planning a community – including the best uses for land, planning for transportation and economic development, and how to protect natural resources.
Ultimately, says Yin, people are the key element in urban planning and need to get involved. “Ideally, an urban plan isn’t just a guide to the future for the community, but it’s also a guide to the future by the community.”
Jordan Yin is available for interviews and can speak about:
- Best practices in issues of public transit, resources, infrastructure, etc. that every community can follow;
- The top five ways that good urban planning can improve a community;
- How everyday citizens can get involved with planning and improving their communities;
- The challenges that planners face, including pollution, economic distress, and rapid population growth;
- Dealing with urban sprawl and the rise of the megacity;
- Planning for the future – the issues that cities face in the 21st century.