For America’s rural and suburban areas, new challenges demand new solutions. Author Randall Arendt meets them in an entirely new edition of Rural by Design.

When this planning classic first appeared 20 years ago, it showed how creative, practical land-use planning can preserve open space and keep community character intact. The second edition shifts the focus toward infilling neighborhoods, strengthening town centers, and moving development closer to schools, shops, and jobs.

New chapters cover form-based codes, visioning, sustainability, low-impact development, green infrastructure, and more, while 70 case studies show how these ideas play out in the real world. Readers —rural or not—will find practical advice about planning for the way we live now.

part 1|66 pages

The Character of Towns

chapter 1|5 pages

The Common Qualities of Traditional Towns

chapter 2|15 pages

Changes in the Pattern

chapter 3|13 pages

Future Prospects

Choosing Among Alternative Patterns

part 2|31 pages

Design Approaches

part 3|71 pages

Implementation Techniques

chapter 9|25 pages

Broadening Housing Choices

chapter 10|22 pages

Strengthening Town Centers

chapter 11|21 pages

Transforming Gateways and Highway Corridors

part 4|60 pages

Designing Man-Made Infrastructure

chapter 12|21 pages

Designing Better Streets

chapter 13|14 pages

Low-Impact Development

A Greener Approach to Stormwater

chapter 14|22 pages

Sewage Treatment Alternatives

part 5|105 pages

Protecting the Natural Infrastructure

chapter 15|23 pages


A Healthy Community Builder

chapter 17|18 pages

Retaining Farmland and Farmers

chapter 19|25 pages

Designing Subdivisions to Save Land

part 6|161 pages

Case Examples

chapter 20|28 pages

In-Town Residential Examples

chapter 21|45 pages

Rural Residential Examples

chapter 22|13 pages

Large-Scale Mixed Use Examples

chapter 23|31 pages

Downtown Commercial and Mixed Use Examples

chapter 24|21 pages

Commercial Corridor Mixed Use Examples

chapter 25|17 pages

Greenways and Greenway Development Examples