by Josh Stephens on May 19, 2023
Donald Shoup, Henry Grabar, Los Angeles, Parking
Henry Grabar's breezy Paved Paradise is must reading for planners -- especially in California.
by Josh Stephens on Apr 8, 2023
Climate Change, Infrastructure
A new book accounts for ways major infrastructure projects bust their budgets and make mincemeat of their schedules; another predicts demographic upheaval due to climate change.
by Josh Stephens on Aug 1, 2021
A bumper crop of books related to California urbanism came out during the pandemic; Josh Stephens reviews titles about the Central Valley, San Diego history, Los Angeles pop culture, and more.
by William Fulton & Josh Stephens on Jun 15, 2020
The Urban Mystique
California urbanism encompasses extremes: beauty and banality, wealth and poverty, diversity and segregation, aspiration and indifference. These dualities underly The Urban Mystique, the new book by CP&DR's Josh Stephens.
by Josh Stephens on May 29, 2020
Books, California , Cities, Los Angeles
In his new book, Josh Stephens plumbs the depths of California's good and bad -- and tries to find the reason why urban life there is so oddly compelling.
by Josh Stephens on Feb 24, 2020
Bay Area, Housing, YIMBY
In Golden Gates, Conor Dougherty chronicles the rise of the YIMBY movement and California's battle over housing -- with the aplomb of an East Bay skateboarder.
by Josh Stephens on Feb 23, 2020
Los Angeles, Olympics
Barry Siegel's new book about the 1932 Olympics shows how much chutzpah counted in early Los Angeles.
by Josh Stephens on Dec 10, 2019
Bureau of Land Management, CEQA, Forest Service
This Land skewers the federal land management agencies -- and, in the process, indirectly provides a good reason to keep CEQA and California's other environmental laws.
by Sam Hall Kaplan on Oct 6, 2019
Three new books herald a revival of public space in the United States and worldwide.
by Josh Stephens on Oct 29, 2018
In his new book, Eric Klinenberg can't quite decide whether social infrastructure is physical and tangible or whether it's something squishier. >>read more
by William Fulton on Aug 13, 2018
In an excerpt from Talk City, Bill Fulton talks about how political discourse has been coarsened -- even at the local level. >>read more
by David Pettit on May 9, 2018
Book review, CA, Solano Books
NRDC Senior Attorney David Pettit reviews "Navigating the California Coastal Act" by Jana Zimmer >>read more
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