Director: Andreas Dalsgaard
By 2050, 80 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in urban areas for more than 40 years, and documented how modern cities repel human interaction. In this film, he argues that cities can be built in such a way that the human needs for inclusion and intimacy are taken into account. Frederick Steiner, Dean of the University of Texas’ School of Architecture writes, “Through this film, professor Gehl and his colleagues help teach us how to look at cities very carefully and to better understand how they work.”
Author: R. Wayne Ayers
A celebration of the city’s 50-year history, Belleair Bluffs from the Beginning recounts the story of Belleair Bluffs, a city located in southwest Florida, just outside of Tampa. Using historic photos, anecdotes from residents and stories from local officials, From the Beginning gives a heartfelt look into the development of a small American city.
Author: Thomas Piketty
In his controversial work, Piketty, a professor at the Paris School of Economics, traces the roots of modern capitalism back for centuries, and analyzes the current state of the global marketplace. Focusing on global wealth inequity, Piketty examines unique data from 20 countries to uncover key economic and social patterns. The New York Times compared Capital to Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations and John Maynard Keynes’ General Theory, but others, notably the Financial Times, have questioned Piketty’s methods and conclusions. Regardless of the controversy, Piketty has written an important book, one Justin Fox, executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, wrote may succeed in shifting the burden of proof within economics from one side of the debate to the other. “No longer will one be able to simply assert that rising inequality is a necessary byproduct of prosperity, or that capital deserves protected status because it brings growth. From now on, those who say such things may be expected to provide evidence that they’re actually true.”
Authors: Douglas Massey, Len Albright, Rebecca Casciano, Elizabeth Derickson and David Kinse
Climbing Mount Laurel explores the evolution of the Ethel Lawrence Homes, a low-income housing development in Mount Laurel, N.J., established as a result of the state’s supreme court decision that municipalities are required to create affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households. In his work, Douglas Massey, a sociology professor at Princeton University, and his colleagues explore how neighborhoods can shape the life trajectories of their inhabitants. Climbing Mount Laurel argues that affordable housing projects are a cost-effective approach to integration and improving the lives of the poor to the betterment of the overall community.
Author: Mark Amtower
Featuring tips and practical advice, Best Practices is meant for procurement professionals as well as sellers and marketers looking to break into government markets. Amtower, the founding partner of Amtower & Company, is an authority on government marketing and consults on government marketing programs. Learn from his experiences and methods refined over a career. “It’s the ultimate how-to for anyone who wants to sell to the government market,” writes Amy Africa, the president of Creative Results.
Author: Avivah Wittenberg-Cox
A follow-up to Why Women Mean Business, Wittenberg-Cox’s new work focuses on how to achieve a healthy and profitable gender balance in the workplace. In her work, Wittenberg-Cox, leadership expert and CEO of consultancy 20-First, argues gender balance has proven to lead to more innovation, better performance and more equitable management in a variety of workplaces. Having already explained the why, Wittenberg-Cox seeks to answer how businesses (and governments) can create more balanced workplaces.
Author: Hillary Brown
Complex, interdependent utilities support the ever-changing urbanized world, but in an age of climate change and increasing environmental regulations, how can these critical networks be made more efficient, green and resilient? Brown, founding principal of the New Civic Works firm, seeks to answer that question in Next Generation Infrastructure. “Hillary Brown understands that – for our grandchildren’s sake – we must rebuild America and, in doing so, re-imagine our interconnected infrastructure systems to make them more efficient, environmentally safe, and resilient in this age of global urbanization,” writes Felix Rohatyn, former chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation.
Author: Eric Patashnik
Reforms at Risk examines what happens to sweeping and seemingly successful policy reforms after they are passed. Patashnik, a professor of public policy at the University of Virginia, shows political struggles do not end the moment major reforms are signed into law. Reforms at Risk provides a realistic portrait of the possibilities and limits of positive change in governance. “Seemingly momentous policy reforms are often unceremoniously abandoned in subsequent policymaking,” writes Paul Quirk, of the University of British Columbia. “Using a wide-ranging set of case studies… [Patashnik] shows that lasting reform is partly a matter of strategy and design.”
Author: Rudy Ruiz
The U.S. is a country economically, socially, culturally and politically shaped by immigrants. About 17 percent of America’s population is the result of Latino immigrants. Inspired by his upbringing by Mexican immigrant parents and a career dedicated to public immigration policy, Ruiz, president of Interlex Communications and author of two previous fictional works, brings to life the plight of the Latino immigrant experience in America. “My goal with Seven for the Revolution is to help people understand that Latino immigrants are much like all American immigrants before them – hungry for opportunity…” writes Ruiz.
Author: Leigh Gallagher
When the housing bubble burst, America’s suburbs were hit hard. Conventional wisdom says the economic ship will right itself, but author and Fortune magazine editor Leigh Gallagher disagrees. In The End of the Suburbs, she explains that the recession spurred an already occurring trend - a combination of social, economic and demographic forces may render suburbs undesirable for a growing number of Americans. Called “fascinating reading on changing trends in how and where we live,” by Booklist, The End of the Suburbs gives readers timely analysis of the ever-changing housing landscape.
Author: Jeff Speck
In Walkable Cities, Speck, an urban planner and principle of Speck & Associates, offers practical advice for revolutionizing the interconnectivity of American cities. For leaders new to the concept of walkability, or seasoned urban planners looking for smarter ways to develop economically and culturally, Walkable City could be considered required reading. Joseph P. Riley, the mayor of Charleston, S.C., says, “[This] brilliant and entertaining book reminds us that, in America, the exception could easily become the rule. Mayors, planners and citizens need look no further for a powerful and achievable vision of how to make our ordinary cities great again.”
Off the press and on your desk: Books to appeal to local leaders
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