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APA: Books & E-books


The American Planning Association has many books and e-books available for purchase on topics related to the Plan4Health project. A complete listing of titles organized by topic is available online on the APA website.


fair and healthy land useFair and Health Land Use
Lawsuits challenging the disproportionate effects of government decisions on low-income and minority communities are on the rise. Studies show that low-income families and racial minorities are more likely to suffer from health issues related to pollution. Grassroots environmental justice groups are increasingly fighting the siting of Locally Unwanted Land Uses (LULUs) in low-income and minority communities. More…


integrating planning and phIntegrating Planning and Public Health
Is the form of American cities to blame for the shape of Americans? With obesity rates climbing ever higher, planners are reconsidering how the built environment affects public health — not only obesity, but also asthma, cardiovascular disease, water quality, air pollution, pedestrian safety, and mental health.Integrating Planning and Public Health examines collaborations between planners and public health professionals committed to building healthy communities. More…


A planners guide to food planningA Planners Guide to Community and Regional Food Planning
Food nourishes us, enriches our celebrations, and sustains life itself. Yet not everyone in the United States has equal access to healthy food. Some of us live in neighborhoods where grocery stores carry a greater variety of potato chips than vegetables, while some of us cannot afford vegetables even when they are available. This PAS Report shows how planners can play a significant role in shaping the food environment of communities and thereby facilitate healthy eating. More…


planning active communitiesPlanning Active Communities
Medical professionals have spent years telling overweight Americans to eat right and exercise-but obesity rates are still climbing. This may be, in part, because, as we’ve become more efficient in how we work, eat, and get around, we have engineered physical activity out of our daily routines.This report looks at how planning processes, development regulations, and community participation can be used to ensure that development patterns facilitate everyday physical activity. More…


Urban agriUrban Agriculture
Because urban agriculture entails the use of urban land, it has implications for urban land-use planning, which is controlled and regulated by municipal governments and planning agencies. This PAS Report provides authoritative guidance for dealing with the implications of this cutting-edge practice that is changing our cities forever. More…


plan and eqPlanning and Community Equity
This thought-provoking book exhorts planners to establish community development programs that achieve greater social and economic equity. Some of the 13 chapters urge planners to incorporate community equity concerns into traditional planning areas such as transportation and economic development. Others challenge planners to get more involved in social areas such as urban education and community policing. More…


ped and transPedestrian- and Transit- Oriented Design
This practical guide shows how to make the leap from urban sprawl to smart growth. It walks readers through a detailed checklist of pedestrian- and transit-friendly features, from short blocks and safe crossings to street grids and special paving. Abundant photographs capture dos and don’ts from cities and towns across the country. Passages from existing city codes give planners a head start on making their own communities more accessible on foot and by transit. More…


parks rec and openParks, Recreation, and Open Space
What, exactly, is a park? What role have parks played in cities, and what will they need to be in the new economics and society of 21st century America? To answer these questions, noted planner and planning educator Alexander Garvin first describes the parks agenda of Frederick Law Olmsted, which dominated the design of American parks for over a century, until the last 50 years of suburbanization so radically changed the nation’s landscape and society.  More…


From Recreation to Re-creationFrom Recreation to Re-creation
To create truly successful park systems, park planning needs to incorporate the needs of all stakeholders into the process — in essence, bring together the broad, inclusive approach of comprehensive planning and the natural system mindset of environmental planning in a new approach to park system planning. This new approach can be viewed as a move away from primarily “recreation” to the idea of “re-creation,” or creating places that allows individuals to “re-create” themselves and their relationship to nature. More…