A Back-to-School Reading List of Books About Cities

Josh Stephens – September 15, 2016

2016 is more than halfway done, but the year has already produced a bumper crop of books related to cities. This year, authors are exploring imaginative topics and focusing on micro-geographies. Cities are treated as neighborhoods (prosperous and otherwise), incubators for innovation, habitats for critters, and labyrinths for master criminals. Here are a few recently released titles I’ve been reading, in no particular order. Some may make Planetizen’s Top Books list at the end of the year; some of them will not.

The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts Are the Emerging Hotspots of Innovation

Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, The History of an Idea

The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us

King and Queen of Malibu

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution

Where We Want to Live: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities

This is Where You Belong

The Road Taken

Dream Cities: Seven Urban Ideas that Shape the World

A Burglar’s Guide to the City



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