Elliott, Donald L.: A Better Way to Zone: Ten Principles to Create More Livable Cities

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Author: Erik Tillman Ferguson
Date: Summer 2009
From: Canadian Journal of Urban Research(Vol. 18, Issue 1)
Publisher: Institute of Urban Studies
Document Type: Book review
Length: 690 words

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Elliott, Donald L.

A Better Way to Zone: Ten Principles to Create More Livable Cities.

Washington: Island Press, 2008. 239 pp.

ISBN: 1597261815.

Zoning is atone and the same time the most boring and ordinary of implementation strategies, the most comprehensive and powerful of regulatory tools, and perhaps the single greatest challenge to modern urban planning. Don Elliott, a well-known planning lawyer, takes a serious look at what is needed to reform zoning in order to make it more relevant in the context of the post-industrial metropolises in which most people in the developed world now choose to live.

The book is organized into eight chapters, with a separate introduction, a suggested reading list, some detailed notes, a brief bibliography, and a short but eminently useful index. The first chapter provides a brief history of modern American zoning and its hybrid evolution from standard enabling legislation (1920-1940) through planned unit developments (1940-1970), performance zoning (1970-1990), and form-based zoning (1990-present). The second chapter discusses the failures of traditional Euclidean zoning, including unnecessary complexity,...

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Ferguson, Erik Tillman. "Elliott, Donald L.: A Better Way to Zone: Ten Principles to Create More Livable Cities." Canadian Journal of Urban Research, vol. 18, no. 1, summer 2009, pp. S186+. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.
  

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