Books (Non-Fiction)


  • The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap by Mehrsa Baradaran (Summary)
  • Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities, by Andre Perry (Summary)
  • London: Aspects of Change, by Ruth Glass (Summary)
  • Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership, by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Summary)

Historical Accounts – Southern California

  • Bound for Freedom: Black Los Angeles in Jim Crow America, by Douglas Flamming (Summary)
  • Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles, by Clora Bryant, Buddy Collette, William Green, Steve Isoardi, Marl Young (Summary)
  • The Changs next door to the Diazes, by Wendy Cheng (Summary)
  • City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles, by Mike Davis (Summary)
  • City of Segregation: One Hundred Years of Struggle for Housing in Los Angeles, by Andrea Gibbons (Summary)
  • The Compton Cowboys: A New Generation of Cowboys in America’s Urban Heartland, by Walter Thompson-Hernandez (Summary)
  • LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas, Edited by Patricia Wakida; Foreword by Luis Alfaro; Introduction by Glen Creason  (Summary)
  • A People’s Guide to Los Angeles by Laura Pulido, Laura R. Barraclough, Wendy Cheng  (Summary)
  • Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of Its Mexican Past, by William Deverell (Summary)

Historical Accounts (General US)

  • Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City by A. K. Sandoval-Strausz (Summary)
  • The Battle of Lincoln Park: Urban Renewal and Gentrification in Chicago by Daniel Kay Hertz (Summary)
  • Crabgrass Frontier – The Suburbanization of the United States, by Kenneth T. Jackson (Summary)
  • “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein (Summary)
  • Divided Highways: Building the Interstate Highways, Transforming American Life, by Tom Lewis (Summary)
  • Women, Race, and Class, by Angela Davis (Summary)

Planning Theory

  • The 30 Minute City: Designing for Access, David M. Levinson (Summary)
  • Cities for People, by Jan Gehl (Summary)
  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs (Summary)
  • Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change, by Ashley Dawson (Summary)
  • Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, by Charles Montgomery (Summary)
  • Of Streets and Squares: Which Public Spaces Do People Want to Be in and Why?, by Maddalena Iovene, Nicholas Smith, and Chanuki Illushka Seresinhe (Full Text)
  • The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class-and What We Can Do about It, by Richard Florida (Summary)
  • Scenario Planning for Cities and Regions: Managing and Envisioning Uncertain Futures, by Robert Godspeed (Summary)
  • Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity, by Charles Marohn (Summary)
  • Suburban Nation, by Andres Duany (Summary)
  • Triumph of the City, by Edward Glaser (Summary)
  • The Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, by Jeff Speck (Summary)


  • Are Prisons Obsolete?, by Angela Davis (Summary)
  • City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771–1965, by Kelly Lytle Hernandez (Summary)
  • The End of Policing, by Alex Vitale (Summary)
  • Policing the Open Road, by Sarah Seo (Summary)


  • Better Busses, Better Cities: How to Plan, Run, and Win the Fight for Effective Transit, by Steven Higashide (Summary)
  • Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance, by Adonia E. Lugo (Summary)
  • Bike Lanes Are White Lanes: Bicycle Advocacy and Urban Planning, by Melody L. Hoffmann (Summary)
  • High Cost of Free Parking, by Donald Shoup (Summary)
  • Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives, by Jarrett Walker (Summary)
  • Streetfight: Handbook for the Urban Revolution, by Janette Sadik-Khan (Summary)
  • Transport for Suburbia: Beyond the automobile age, by Paul Mees (Summary)