Project for Public Spaces. 2000. 125 pages, $30.
A friendly, common sense guide for everyone from community residents to mayors on how to understand and improve the public spaces (including streets and roads) in their communities.
Governing Magazine. April 2005. 6 pages, free.
Fred Kent has spent three decades developing a common-sense approach to streets, buildings and human sociability.
City Routes, City Rights: Building Livable Neighborhoods and Environmental Justice by Fixing Transportation.
Conservation Law Foundation. 1998. 88 pages, $15 or download free from web.
A readable and well-illustrated guide to urban transportation issues and citizen rights.
Conservation Law Foundation. 1995, revised 1998. $10 or download free from Web.
An excellent citizens’ guide to traffic calming.
Center for Community Change. 1998. 112 pages, $5.
The 1998 TEA 21 federal transportation act provides both resources and organizing handles designed to improve transportation in low income communities. This book explains the law and how to organize around transportation issues. It includes many examples of successful local organizing.
Scenic America. 2000. 24 pages, $5.
How to partner with your state DOT in designing context-sensitive highways.
Planning. October 2001. 2 pages, free.
Advice for communities negotiating with their state departments of transportation
Walkable Communities. 1999. 15 pages, free.
How to convert “fat” streets into leaner, safer and more efficient streets.
Governing Magazine. October 1997. 6 pages, free.
Description of the growing national movement against traditional highway planning that damages communities.
Victoria Transportation Institute. 2004. 15 pages, free.
This is a comprehensive analysis of transportation system performance in major U.S. cities.
Victoria Transport Policy Institute. 2004. 22 pages, free.
An argument for walking and other nonmotorized modes of travel.
Institute of Transportation Engineers.
1998. 8 pages, free. Maryland State Highway Administration.
Summary of the first CSD conference, held in May of 1998, in which a working definition of context sensitive design, and the issues surrounding it were first articulated.
2001. 905 pages.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials,
Latest edition of the “Bible” of street and highway design, the AASHTO Green Book.
1997. 193 pages, free. Federal Highway Administration.
An early attempt to demonstrate to highway engineers the inherent flexibility of the AASHTO Green Book in responding to context. An excellent introduction to highway design for the lay person.
2001. 60 pages, free, downloadable from Web. Maryland State Highway Administration.
A citizens’ guide to working with the Maryland State Highway Administration staff on Neighborhood Conservation Program projects. This new approach grew out of SHA’s commitment to Maryland’s Smart Growth program and its basic tenets of investing our money to support established communities and prevent sprawl development.