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How Great Cities Happen

Integrating People, Land Use and Transport John Stanley, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS), The University of Sydney Business School, Janet Stanley, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Melbourne School of Design and Roslynne Hansen, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia
Urban planners in developed countries are pushing hard for closer integration of land use and transport. At the same time, gaps in knowledge and understanding are becoming more apparent, as the traditional focus has been on the shape of the city, rather than how it functions as a place to live and visit. How Great Cities Happen addresses this challenge by developing a wider, all-encompassing agenda for more productive, inclusive and sustainable cities.
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Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78471 838 1
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Publication Date: 2018
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Urban planners in developed countries are pushing hard for closer integration of land use and transport. At the same time, gaps in knowledge and understanding are becoming more apparent, as the traditional focus has been on the shape of the city, rather than how it functions as a place to live and visit. How Great Cities Happen addresses this challenge by developing a wider, all-encompassing agenda for more productive, inclusive and sustainable cities.

This book’s innovative approach to land use and transport planning covers such issues as: urban planning for productivity growth; social inclusion and wellbeing (including what makes a great city for children); and environmental sustainability. Extensive discussions of affordable housing and analyses of funding opportunities for increased investment in urban public transport are also provided. In addition, the book offers a review of the governance frameworks that can best integrate top-down strategic thinking and bottom-up approaches into a more holistic strategy. The authors adopt a meticulous yet non-technical approach, grounded in a blend of academic and real-world experience of cities.

The work will appeal to students in urban planning, policy, economics, transport economics and social and environmental policy. Professional planners and urban policymakers will also benefit from the strong policy orientation.
‘This fine volume on cities draws from the considerable stock of wisdom accumulated over many years by its three authors, all of whom have leading international reputations and experience in the fields of city planning and management. It mixes hard empirical analysis with a sensitive appreciation of human needs, including those often neglected in urban decision-making, notably that of children and young people. It is a timely and important addition to the urban canon.’
– Brendan Gleeson, The University of Melbourne, Australia

‘A must-read for charting sustainable urban futures, How Great Cities Happen is chock full of illustrative and inspiring international examples, highlighting experiences in two of the world’s most liveable cities – Melbourne and Vancouver. Key steps for creating great cities, informed by some of best research to date, are offered throughout. Here the authors stress good governance, reliable funding, affordable housing, and what so far has received scant attention in the literature, socially just and child-friendly communities.’
– Robert Cervero, University of California, Berkeley, US
Contents: Preface 1. Why this Book? 2. What Constitutes a ‘Good City’: Some Case Studies 3. Economic Influences on Strategic Land Use Transport Policy and Planning 4. Land Use and Transport Designed to Meet Social Needs 5. A Neighbourhood Structured for Children and Youth 6. Housing Affordability: a Major Problem for Many Cities 7. The Interface with Land Use, Transport and Communities and the Environment 8. Governance 9. Funding 10. Putting an Integrated Land Use Transport Strategy Together Index