How To Turn a Place Around.

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.

Pride of Place.

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.

Take Back Your Streets: How to Protect Communities from Asphalt and Traffic.

Conservation Law Foundation. 1995, revised 1998. $10 or download free from Web.

An excellent citizens’ guide to traffic calming.

Getting To Work: An Organizer’s Guide to Transportation Equity.

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.

Getting it Right in the Right-of-Way: Citizen Participation in Context-Sensitive Highway Design.

Scenic America. 2000. 24 pages, $5.

How to partner with your state DOT in designing context-sensitive highways.

“Ten Ways To Win with Your State DOT.”

Planning. October 2001. 2 pages, free.

Advice for communities negotiating with their state departments of transportation

Road Diets: Losing Width and Gaining Respect.

Walkable Communities. 1999. 15 pages, free.

How to convert “fat” streets into leaner, safer and more efficient streets.

“The Asphalt Rebellion.”

Governing Magazine. October 1997. 6 pages, free.

Description of the growing national movement against traditional highway planning that damages communities.

Rail Transit In America: A Comprehensive Evaluation of Benefits (Report Summary).

Victoria Transportation Institute. 2004. 15 pages, free.

This is a comprehensive analysis of transportation system performance in major U.S. cities.

Economic Value of Walkability.

Victoria Transport Policy Institute. 2004. 22 pages, free.

An argument for walking and other nonmotorized modes of travel.

Traffic Calming Library.

Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Thinking Beyond the Pavement.

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.

A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets.

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.

Flexibility in Highway Design.

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.

When Main Street Is A State Highway.

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.

Additional Suggested Reading was last modified: March 6th, 2012 by Project for Public Spaces