By Dom Nozzi
I have read over 1,000 books in my life.
Here are my all-time favorites in the fields of transportation and planning, in alphabetical order of author name. The most important or influential books I have ever read in my profession.
The most important books are The High Cost of Free Parking, Cities and Automobile Dependence, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and The Great Good Place.
Do yourself a favor and read some (or all) of these.
Arnold, Henry F. (1993). Trees in Urban Design, 2nd Edition.
Belmont, Steve (2002). Cities in Full
Daly, Herman (ed) (1973). Toward a Steady-State Economy
Downs, Anthony (1992). Stuck in Traffic
Duany, Andres, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Jeff Speck (2000). Suburban Nation
Durning, Alan (1996). The Car and the City
Harris, Marvin (1968). The Rise of Anthropological Theory
Harris, Marvin (1979). Cultural Materialism
Jacobs, Jane (1961). The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Kuhn, Thomas (1962). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Kunstler, James Howard (1998). Home from Nowhere
Levine, Jonathan (2006). Zoned Out: Regulations, Markets in Transportation and Metropolitan Land Use
Lomborg, Bjorn (2001). The Skeptical Environmentalist
Meadows, Donnella & Denis (1972). The Limits to Growth
Miller, G. Tyler (1979). Living in the Environment
Newman, Paul & Jeffrey Kenworthy (1989). Cities and Automobile Dependence
Norton, Peter (2008). Fighting Traffic
Oldenburg, Ray (1991). The Great Good Place
Ophuls, William (1977). Ecology & the Politics of Scarcity
Orlov, Dmitry (2008). Reinventing Collapse
Orwell, George (1949). 1984
Owen, David (2009). Green Metropolis
Putnam, Robert (2000). Bowling Alone
Sale, Kirkpatrick (1980). Human Scale
Shoup, Donald (2005). The High Cost of Free Parking
My latest book, The Car is the Enemy of the City (WalkableStreets, 2010), can be purchased here.
Visit my urban design website to read more about what I have to say on those topics. You can also schedule me to give a speech in your community about transportation and congestion, land use development and sprawl, and improving quality of life.