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No dummy about urban planning

David Beach  |  04/04/12 @ 3:52pm

The College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University has done all sorts of things to promote better planning in Northeast Ohio. And now faculty member Jordan Yin is bringing planning to masses with his new book, Urban Planning for Dummies.

The well-known "Dummies" series may attract snickers, but the books are usually excellent primers about difficult subjects. Yin's book covers the basics of how cities and towns grow and change, how to plan for housing, transportation and land use, how to design greener and more sustainable communities, and how citizens can get involved.

In the book's foreword, Paul Farmer, CEO of the American Planning Association, writes: "Urban Planning for Dummies reflects the spirit of hopefulness and commitment to progress that has driven the profession of urban planning for more than a century...Throughout this book, Jordan talks in a plainspoken manner about the challenges and opportunities facing today's communities, discusses cutting-edge techniques that are being used in urban planning, and provides numerous and valuable real-world examples of how thoughtful urban planning approaches are making a difference in communities small and large throughout the United States and around the world."

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