Abundant Reading List


"Urban Land‐Use Regulation: Are Homevoters Overtaking the Growth Machine?" Vicki Been, Josiah Madar, Simon Thomas McDonnel (2014).

"Between Europe and Asia: The Case of the Missing Sequoias", Ley, David (1995).

"Urbanism as a Way of Life", Wirth, Louis (1938).



The Zoning Game, Babcock, Richard (Archive - Amazon)

Dream City: Vancouver and the Global Imagination, Berelowitz, Lance (VPL - Amazon)

Order Without Design: How Markets Shape Cities, Bertaud, Alain (VPL - Amazon)

Perverse Cities: Hidden Subsidies, Wonky Policy, and Urban Sprawl, Blais, Pamala (VPL - Amazon)

How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built, Brand, Stewart (VPL - Amazon)

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, Caro, Robert  (VPL - Amazon)

The Battle for Lincoln Park, Daniel Hertz (VPL - Amazon)

Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America, Dougherty, Conor (VPL - Amazon)

The Homevoter Hypothesis, Fischel, William A (Google Books- Amazon)

Downtown: It's Rise and Fall, 1880-1950, Fogelson, Robert M (VPL - Amazon)

Progress and Poverty: An Inquiry Into the Cause of Industrial Depressions, and of Increase of Want With Increase of Wealth : the Remedy, George, Henry (VPL - Amazon)

Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier, Glaeser, Edward L. (VPL - Amazon)

Living Downtown: The History of Residential Hotels in the United States, Groth, Paul (VPL - Amazon)

Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000, Hayden, Dolores (VPL - Amazon)

Zoned in the USA: The Origins and Implications of American Land-Use Regulation, Hirt, Sonia (Amazon)

Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States, Jackson, Kenneth T (VPL - Amazon)

The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jacobs, Jane (VPL - Amazon)

The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-made Landscape, Kunstler, James H (VPL - Amazon)

The Death and Life of the Single-Family House: Lessons From Vancouver on Building A Livable City, Lauster, Nathaniel (VPL - Amazon)

Manhattan Moves Uptown: An Illustrated History, Lockwood, Charles (VPL - Amazon)

The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects, Mumford, Lewis (VPL - Amazon)

The Vancouver Achievement: Urban Planning and Design, Punter, John (VPL - Amazon)

Bourgeois Nightmares: Suburbia, 1870-1930, Robert M. Fogelson (VPL - Amazon)

Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, Ross, Benjamin (VPL - Amazon)

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, Rothstein, Richard (VPL - Amazon)

Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America, Shaw, Randy (Amazon)

The High Cost of Free Parking, Shoup, Donald (VPL - Amazon)

Zoned American, Toll, Seymour (VPL - Amazon)

Houses for All: The Struggle for Social Housing in Vancouver, 1919-50, Wade, Jill (VPL - Amazon)

Graphic Novel


How Burrowing Owls Lead to Vomiting Anarchists, Cutler, Kim Mai (Amazon)



"The National Movement to Halt the Spread of Multi-family Housing", Barr, Kenneth

"What's so Special about the Vancouver Special", Chutter, Jennifer

"The Impact of Zoning on Housing Affordability", Glaeser, Edward & Joseph Gyourko



"Where strangers become neighbours, The Story of the Collingwood Neighborhood House and the Integration of Immigrants in Vancouver"