If you’d like to learn more about city planning, social capital, public transit, car-free living, or pedestrian-friendly communities, you may wish to consult the books in the following list. Most are available at the Noel Wien Library or at the Rasmuson Library (and those that aren’t, you can request through interlibrary loan).
This list is hardly an exhaustive bibliography, but I have read and can recommend every book here. I hope, in time, to write a brief review of each for The Fairbanks Pedestrian, with an emphasis on its application to Fairbanks and winter-city living.
Books for further reading
Balish, Chris. How to Live Well Without Owning a Car: Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage Out of Life. Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed Press, 2006.
Bishop, Bill. The Big Sort: How the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
Crawford, J. H. Carfree cities. Utrecht: International Books, 2000.
Duany, Andres, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck. Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream. New York: North Point Press, 2000.
Engwicht, David. Street Reclaiming: Creating Livable Streets and Vibrant Communities. Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers, 1999.
Kay, Jane Holtz. Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take It Back. New York: Crown Publishers, 1997.
Kunstler, James Howard. The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-made Landscape. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.
Manty, Jorma and Norman Pressman, eds. Cities Designed for Winter. Helsinki: Building Book Ltd., 1988.
Oldenburg, Ray. The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons and the Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community. New York: Marlowe, 1999.
Putnam, Robert D. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.
Vanderbilt, Tom. Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us). New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
Walljasper, Jay. The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Placemaking. Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society, 2007.