The author's work has shaped a generation of planners, designers, and landscape architects. In this book, the author brings his insights to a broader public, with a profusely illustrated demonstration of how local officials, planning commissioners, and everyday citizens can work to make their communities more attractive, more habitable, and more sustainable. Despite the widespread acceptance of good design and planning principles throughout the professions, too many of our towns and rural areas remain needlessly ugly and inefficient. In side by side comparisons of similar places and kinds of buildings, the author shows that we need not live amid sprawling, characterless visual blight. Simple design choices and effective municipal decisions can have tremendous impacts on the quality of our communities. Written in the author's well-known clear, accessible, nontechnical style, this book creates a sense of hope for those who face the everyday challenges of working with developers and landowners to create places that make economic, environmental, and aesthetic sense. The author shows us that with diligence, thoughtfulness, and care, we can make our communities better in countless ways.

chapter |5 pages


part One|12 pages

Balancing Development and Conservation through Community-wide Planning

part Two|34 pages

Conservation Subdivision Design—Recommended Procedures

part Three|46 pages

Residential Neighborhood Design Principles

part Four|19 pages

Improving Downtown Appearance and Viability

part Five|54 pages

Transforming Highway Commercial Strips into Mixed Use Centers and Corridors

chapter |2 pages


Where to Go from Here