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Christopher Wolfgang Alexander
Christopher Alexander
Christopher Wolfgang Alexander (born October 4, 1936 in Vienna, Austria) is an architect noted for his theories about design and for more than 200 building projects in California, Japan, Mexico, and around the world.
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  • • A Pattern Language: Towns, Building, Construction
  • • The Nature of Order: An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe
Donald Appleyard
Donald Appleyard
Donald Appleyard (July 26, 1928 – September 23, 1982) was an urban designer and theorist, teaching at the University of California, Berkeley.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Livable Streets
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Edmund Bacon
Edmund Norwood Bacon (May 2, 1910 – October 14, 2005) was a noted American urban planner, architect, educator and author.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Design of Cities
  • • Imagining Philadelphia: Edmund Bacon and the Future of the City
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Mia Birk
Mia Birk is the President of Alta Planning + Design. She has spent her entire career creating active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Joyride: Pedaling Toward A Healthier Planet
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Jennifer Bradley
Jennifer Bradley is the founding director of the new Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation. The mission of the Center is to identify new, different and better ways to solve problems in urban areas.
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Amanda Jay Mortimer Burden
Amanda Burden
Amanda Jay Mortimer Burden (born 1944) is a Principal at Bloomberg Associates, an international consulting service founded by Michael Bloomberg as a philanthropic venture to help city governments improve the quality of life of their citizens.
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Dan Burden
Dan Burden
Dan Burden has spent most of his life helping the world get “back on its feet.” In 2014, the White House recognized Dan as a Champion of Change for his efforts to make places more walkable.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Streets and Sidewalks, People and Cars: The Citizens’ Guide to Traffic Calming
Peter Calthorpe
Peter Calthorpe
Peter Calthorpe (born 1949) is a San Francisco-based architect, urban designer and planner.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change
  • • The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream
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Julie Campoli
Julie Campoli is an urban designer and author who writes about urban form and the changing landscape.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Visualizing Density
  • • Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form
Robert Allan Caro
Robert Caro
Robert Allan Caro (born October 30, 1935) is an American journalist and author known for his celebrated biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon B. Johnson.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
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Majora Carter
Majora Carter is an urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster.
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Vishaan Chakrabarti
Vishaan Chakrabarti
Vishaan Chakrabarti is the Marc Holliday Associate Professor of Real Estate Development and the Director of CURE, the Center for Urban Real Estate, at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America
Mikael Colville-Andersen
Mikael Colville-Andersen
Mikael Colville-Andersen (born January 29, 1968 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada) is a Danish-Canadian urban designer and urban mobility expert.
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Patrick Condon
Patrick Condon (born in Brockton, Massachusetts in 1950) is a notable Canadian urban designer, planner, and professor. He is the author of several planning books in the field of sustainability and public engagement.
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J. H. Crawford
J.H. Crawford was born and raised in North America, and since 1985 he has taken assignments as a software developer, designer, photographer, editor, and writer.
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Victor Dover
Victor Dover, FAICP, LEED-AP, CNU-Accredited serves as principal-in-charge for many of the firm's design and planning projects.
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Andrés Duany
Andrés Duany (born September 7, 1949) is an American architect, urban planner, and a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • The Smart Growth Manual
  • • Suburban Nation
  • • New Civic Art : Elements of Town Planning
Ellen Dunham-Jones
Ellen Dunham-Jones
Ellen Dunham-Jones is an award-winning architect and professor, teaching contemporary architectural, urban design, and theory.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Retrofitting Suburbia; Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs
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Alan Ehrenhalt
Alan Ehrenhalt served for 19 years as executive editor of Governing Magazine, and is currently one of its contributing editors.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • The Lost City: The Forgotten Virtues Of Community In America
  • • The Great Inversion
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Rodolphe el-Khoury
Rodolphe el-Khoury is Canada Research Chair in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Toronto and partner in the design firm Khoury Levit Fong.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Shaping the City: Studies in History, Theory and Urban Design
Douglas Lynn Farr
Douglas Farr
Douglas Lynn Farr is an American architect and urban planner.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature
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Richard Florida
Richard Florida (born 1957 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American urban studies theorist. His focus is on social and economic theory.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • The Rise of the Creative Class--Revisited: Revised and Expanded
  • • Who's Your City?: How the Creative Economy is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life
Kent Frankovich
Kent Frankovich
Kent holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford.
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Leigh Gallagher
Leigh Gallagher
Leigh Gallagher has been the Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune since 2007.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving
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Theaster Gates
Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has developed an expanded practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics
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Jan Gehl
Jan Gehl
Jan Gehl (born 17 September 1936) is a Danish architect and urban design consultant based in Copenhagen and whose career has focused on improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the pedestrian and cyclist.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Cities for People
  • • Life Between Buildings- Using Public Space
  • • How To Study Public Life (with Birgitte Svarre)
Edward Ludwig "Ed" Glaeser
Edward Glaeser
Edward Ludwig "Ed" Glaeser (born May 1, 1967) is an American economist and Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier
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Ryan Gravel
Ryan Gravel is an urban thinker, designer, speaker, and author – an entrepreneur developing opportunities at Sixpitch, Aftercar, Generator, and Threefold.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Where We Want to Live: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities
Ken Greenberg
Ken Greenberg
Ken Greenberg is an urban designer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto, and Principal of Greenberg Consultants.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder
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Taras Grescoe
Taras Grescoe is a Canadian non-fiction writer who won the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize in 2008 for his book Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile
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Ben Hamilton-Baillie
Ben Hamilton-Baillie (born 1955) is an urban designer and movement specialist, described as "the leading international expert on the development of “Shared Space”.
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Leo Hollis
Leo Hollis
Writer, historian, urbanist, Leo Hollis was born in London in 1972.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Cities Are Good for You: The Genius of the Metropolis
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Jane Jacobs
Jane Jacobs (born Jane Butzner May 4, 1916 – April 25, 2006) was an American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist best known for her influence on urban studies.
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Seitu Jones
Working on his own or with others, Seitu Jones has created over 30 large scale public artworks, including work for three stations along the new Greenline LRT in St. Paul, MInnesota.
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Bruce Katz
Bruce J. Katz is a vice president at the Brookings Institution and founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.
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Jennifer Keesmaat
Jennifer Keesmaat is the Chief Planner of the City of Toronto in Canada, and a former urban design consultant.
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Douglas Kelbaugh
Douglas S. Kelbaugh is Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning and former dean of the University of Michigan, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Common Place: Toward Neighborhood and Regional Design
  • • Repairing the American Metropolis: Common Place Revisited
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Gabe Klein
Gabe is the former Commissioner of the Chicago and Washington DC Departments of Transportation. In both cities he revamped technology platforms and government processes while focusing on putting people first vs. automobiles on city streets.
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Léon Krier
Léon Krier
Léon Krier (born 7 April 1946 in Luxembourg) is an architect, architectural theorist and urban planner.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • The Architecture of Community
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James Howard Kunstler
James Howard Kunstler (born October 19, 1948) is an American author, social critic, public speaker, and blogger.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Home from Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the 21st Century
  • • Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation
  • • The Geography of Nowhere
Charles Landry
Charles Landry
Charles Landry is best known for having written the book The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators
  • • The Art of City Making
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Kent Larson
Kent Larson is Director of the Changing Places research group and co-directs the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab.
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Jaime Lerner
Jaime Lerner
Jaime Lerner (born December 17, 1937) is a Brazilian politician and former mayor of Curitiba. He is renowned as an architect, urban planner, and a pioneer of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
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Mike Lydon
Mike Lydon is a Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative. He is an internationally recognized planner, writer, and advocate for livable cities.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • The Smart Growth Manual
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Charles Marohn
Charles L. Marohn, Jr. PE AICP is a licensed civil engineer, certified land use planner, author, broadcaster and influential thinker.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Curbside Chat: A candid talk about the future of America's cities, towns and neighborhoods
  • • Thoughts on Building Strong Towns
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Edward Mazria
Edward Mazria is an internationally recognized architect, author, researcher, and educator.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Passive Solar Energy Book
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William McDonough
William McDonough is a globally recognized leader in sustainable development. An architect, designer, thought leader and advisor, Mr. McDonough’s interests and influence range widely and he works at all scales.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability--Designing for Abundance
  • • Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
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Ian McHarg
Ian L. McHarg (20 November 1920 – 5 March 2001) was a Scottish landscape architect and a renowned writer on regional planning using natural systems.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Design With Nature
  • • Ian McHarg: Conversations with Students / Dwelling in Nature
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Joseph Minicozzi
Joseph Minicozzi, AICP is the principal of Urban3, LLC, a consulting company of downtown Asheville real estate developer Public Interest Projects.
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Charles Montgomery
Charles Montgomery
Charles Montgomery (born 1968) is an award-winning Canadian writer and urbanist.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design
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Enrico Moretti
Enrico Moretti is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley where he holds the Michael Peevey and Donald Vial Career Development Chair in Labor Economics.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • The New Geography of Jobs
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Aaron Naparstek
Aaron Naparstek is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Streetsblog.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Honku: The Zen Antidote to Road Rage
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Peter Norton
Peter Norton is a historian of engineering and society, with particular interests in streets and people. He is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering and Society, where he has taught since 1998.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City
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Liz Ogbu
A designer, urbanist, and social innovator, Liz is an expert on sustainable design and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments globally.
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David Owen
David Owen
David Owen (born February 14, 1955) is an American journalist and author who writes frequently for The New Yorker.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • The Conundrum
  • • Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability
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Enrique Peñalosa
Enrique Peñalosa Londoño (born September 30, 1954) is a Colombian politician. He was mayor of Bogotá, from 1998 until 2001, and was runner-up in 2007.
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Gil Peñalosa
Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. He is the former Commissioner of Parks, Sport and Recreation for the City of Bogota, Colombia and is the Founder and Chair of the Board of 8-80 Cities.
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Jason Roberts
Jason Roberts is the founder of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, originator of the Better Block Project, co-founder of the Art Conspiracy and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, and recent candidate for US Congress.
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Janette Sadik-Khan
Janette Sadik-Khan was the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation from 2007-2013, appointed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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Tony Seba
Tony Seba is an author, a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and an instructor in Entrepreneurship, Disruption and Clean Energy at Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program.
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Marika Shioiri-Clark
With her partners at MASS, Marika co-founded an architectural nonprofit dedicated to designing well-built environments that aid in the reduction of global poverty
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Donald Shoup
Donald Shoup
Donald Curran Shoup (born August 24, 1938) is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and widely-regarded expert in the economics and availability of parking.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • The High Cost of Free Parking
Daniel Solomon
Daniel Solomon
Daniel Solomon (born December 11, 1939), architect, urban designer, professor, and author, is one of the co-founders of the Congress of the New Urbanism.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Global City Blues
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Jeff Speck
Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates for smart growth and sustainable design.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Walkable City
  • • The Smart Growth Manual
  • • Suburban Nation
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Dhiru Thadani
Dhiru A. Thadani is an architect and urbanist who has been in practice since 1978.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Visions of Seaside: Foundation/Evolution/Imagination. Built and Unbuilt Architecture
  • • The Language of Towns & Cities: A Visual Dictionary
Jeff Tumlin
Jeff Tumlin
Jeff Tumlin is an expert in helping communities move from discord to agreement about the future.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Vibrant, Healthy, and Resilient Communities
Chris Turner
Chris Turner
Chris Turner (born July 25, 1973) is a Canadian journalist and author.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy
  • • The Geography of Hope
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Jarrett Walker
Jarrett Walker is an international consultant in public transit network design and policy.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives
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William Whyte
William Hollingsworth "Holly" Whyte (October 1, 1917 — January 12, 1999) was an American urbanist, organizational analyst, journalist, and people-watcher.
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  • Recommended Books

  • • City: Rediscovering the Center
  • • The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces
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