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/ Gerber, Jean-David; Hartmann, Thomas; & Hengstermann, Andreas. (Eds.). — Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.
xii, 360 pages : charts, maps, index, bibl. — (Urban planning and environment).
The book considers international planning approaches to contend with land scarcity and related property rights issues. Four categories of intervention are explored: (1) regulating land uses without impacting property rights, (2) steering land uses through regulation impacting property rights, (3) redefining property rights to steer land uses, and (4) redistributing property rights to steer land uses. Instruments examined include land taxation, land value capture, reference land values, land use planning, urban growth boundaries, land readjustment, pre-emption rights, transfer of development rights (TDR), strategic land banking, expropriation, and the nationalization of land. Two chapters deal with Canadian perspectives on discretionary zoning in Vancouver, BC, and the use of TDR in Canada.
/ Baker, Bill. — Portland, OR : Axia Creative, 2019.
vi, 238 pages : illustrations, glossary.
The book begins by identifying the importance of and challenges associated with destination branding for small cities. It then outlines the 7A Place Branding Process for creating a sustainable place brand. Chapters describe each step of the process with examples from small cities and conclude with a series of questions for reflection.
The book is a revised version of "Destination Branding for Small Cities: The Essentials for Successful Place Branding" (2012) by the same author.
/ Holzer, Marc & Fry, John C. — Alexandria, VA : Public Technology Institute, 2011.
iii, 253 pages : charts, index, bibl.
The book evaluates alternatives to traditional public delivery of municipal services to optimize efficiency based on a review of research. The first section looks at the relationship between efficiency and municipal size, municipal consolidation, consolidation of service delivery, alternative service delivery arrangements, and measuring municipal performance. The second section describes service delivery types and the characteristics of service delivery arrangements. It offers recommendations for service delivery arrangements by service type. The appendix is an annotated bibliography of research on municipal service delivery.
Transit-oriented displacement or community dividends?: Understanding the effects of smarter growth on communities
/ Chapple, Karen & Loukaitou-Sideris, Anastasia. — Cambridge, MA : The MIT Press, 2019.
xi, 347 pages : illustrations, charts, maps, index, bibl. — (Urban and industrial environments).
The book explores the rationale for transit-oriented development (TOD) in the context of the smart growth movement; global examples of displacement and gentrification as a result of urban development, with a focus on TOD; and methods for defining and measuring neighbourhood displacement. The methods are applied in case studies evaluating the effects of the development of transit systems on neighbourhood change, gentrification and displacement in Los Angeles and San Francisco. It also examines the mechanisms of commercial gentrification, the relationship between commercial gentrification and fixed-rail transit in the aforementioned cities, the places where low-income households in gentrifying neighbourhoods in the U.S. relocate to, and the impact of this resettlement on their opportunities. Finally, it discusses how housing affordability and displacement can be integrated into regional planning models with reference to the use of forecasting models in the San Francisco Area.
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