Reading List

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Note: this Reading List is broken into subject categories in an effort to make it more usable, but of course many works might be easily be categorized differently or in multiple categories. Also, the sub-categories we use, "articles/papers", "peer-reviewed research" and "books" are sometimes overlapping or unclear. In some cases we may list a work in more than one category or sub-category if it seems especially category-crossing. In any case, we suggest not relying too much on the categories, and browsing / searching the whole list.

Terms, conventions, abbreviations, goals in list:

  • Unfixed or undated document sources, e.g. Wikipedia, are or should be listed with "Accessed on [date]."
  • URLs are presented directly in the text, rather than hidden behind link text, to make them more easily/durably copyable and for their descriptive value.
  • Many sources are presented with multiple URLs. Usually this is to present both an official/canonical source link, e.g. a DOI (see below), as well as some other source that provides greater access in some way, such as an article preprint version.
  • Government bodies as authors are generally listed by location name, i.e. "Portland, City of" rather than "City of Portland".  
  • A goal is to facilitate as much open, direct access to cited sources as possible. E.g. by:
    1. including standard identifiers such as LC number, ISBN, or DOI for every item as much as possible, in machine-discoverable and -usable form;
    2. making available the bibliography in a more standard and reusable form, such as a Zotero reference collection.
    3. locating and linking to free or preprint versions of papers or books;
    4. trying to make this access as durable and archival as possible, e.g. by archiving backups of freely available materials, bundling these source archives with the wiki and/or subprojects such as Village Buildings book, etc.

DOI: Digital Object Identifier - a standard identifier for a published item, widely assigned to newly published research items since the 1990s and sometimes retroactively assigned to older items.

A DOI has the following general form: 10.[publisher identifier]/[item identifier], so for example:


The work identifier may include descriptors such as journal abbreviation or publication year, eg. this DOI for a 2008 article in Journal of Urban Economics:


DOIs generally can be and are designed to be resolved to the publisher's current and authorized version of the item, by following a URL formed by appending the DOI to "" like this:

DOIs may also be used to search for free or alternative versions of item, or related materials, e.g. by searching for the DOI in a general or research search engine or archive.

Preprint - a version of a work, usually a research paper, made available prior to its final published form.

VOR or v.o.r. - Version of Record; the final pubilshed form of a work, as contrasted to earlier states such as working papers, pre-prints, or author's final version.

Work - a unified expression, e.g. article or book. A work may have different publishings, e.g. as an article or a book chapter or different book editions. Different states may be considered forms of the same work, or different works.

Organizing, Advocacy, Politics, YIMBY movement



  • Alinsky, Saul. Rules for Radicals (1971). full text, in ePub, PDF etc, at Internet Archive 
  • Dougherty, Conor. Golden Gates: The Fight for Housing⁠—and Democracy⁠—in America's Most Prosperous City.  Penguin Press, Forthcoming February 18, 2020.  
    "Despite its liberal reputation, the San Francisco Bay Area has for decades enacted and reinforced exclusionist housing policies that raise the cost of living and exacerbate inequality. When Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO of Yelp, wanted to disrupt the rising housing costs in the Bay Area, he bypassed the traditional halls of power and instead met with the leader of SF BARF, the SF Bay Area Renters' Federation, Sonja Trauss. Indignant over the cost of living in our nation's great cities, Trauss represents a new generation of activists frustrated by a growing shortage of housing and demanding that neighborhoods make room for them. Dougherty follows Trauss—along with families trapped in the churn of barely making rent, a nun building a real estate empire to outmaneuver gauging landlords, and a city planner who suddenly envisions a different future—to tell the new story of housing."
  • Mathews, Joe. California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (2010).
  • Olson, Mancur. The Logic of Collective Action (1965). 
  • Shaw, Randy. Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America. 2018



Land Use, Zoning, Planning


Peer-reviewed research 



  • Angotti, Tom [2016], and Sylvia Morse, Philip DePaolo, Peter Marcuse, Samuel Stein. Zoned Out! Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York City. 2016. 
  • Avent, Ryan. The Gated City (2011).
  • Babcock. The Zoning Game (1966). 
    Available for loan from 
  • Einstein, Glick, & Palmer (2019). Neighborhood Defenders: Participatory Politics and America's Housing Crisis, 2019.
  • Fischel, William A. Zoning Rules!: The Economics of Land Use Regulation (2015).  ePub
  • Fulton, William, and Paul Shigley. Guide to California Planning (4th edition, 2012). 3rd edition, 2005, available free on LibGen 
  • George, Henry. 
    • Progress and Poverty: An Inquiry into the Cause of Industrial Depressions and of Increase of Want with Increase of Wealth: The Remedy (1879).
    • Progress and Poverty. Modernized edition by Bob Drake, 2006.|
  • Hall, Peter. Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design in the Twentieth Century (2002).
  • Hirt, Sonia. Zoned in the USA: The Origins and Implications of American Land-Use Regulation (Cornell University Press, 2014).
  • Kent, T. J. The Urban General Plan.  At Internet Archive: [1]. 
    classic work, long used as a planning textbook, by influential Bay Area planner and educator T. J. Kent
  • Levy, John M. Contemporary Urban Planning (9th Edition, 2010).
  • Marcuse, Peter, and David Madden. In Defense of Housing: The Politics of Crisis. 2016. 
  • McHarg, Ian L. Design With Nature (1969). 
    "pioneered the concept of ecological planning...continues to be one of the most widely celebrated books on landscape architecture and land-use planning." -Wikipedia.
  • Ross, Benjamin. Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism. (Oxford University Press, 2014). Amazon
  • Rothstein, Richard. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. 2017.  ePub
  • Ryan-Collins, Josh,‎ Toby Lloyd,‎ Laurie Macfarlane. Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing. Zed Books. 2017.  ePub
    A guide to the role of land in housing policy and how it has been excluded from mainstream economic theory. The "authors reveal how many of the key challenges facing modern economies - including housing crises, financial instability and growing inequalities - are intimately tied to the land economy. Looking at the ways in which discussions of land have been routinely excluded from both housing policy and economic theory, the authors show that in order to tackle these increasingly pressing issues a major rethink by both politicians and economists is required."
  • Shoup, Donald. The High Cost of Free Parking
  • Toll, Seymour. Zoned American (1969). Outstanding legal/cultural study of the origins and development of US zoning practices. PDF full text (60MB). 

Resource Guides




Peer-reviewed research 







Resource Guides / Bibliographies



San Francisco / Bay Area history and issues

SF (city)-specific housing studies

Egan 2015 (City of San Francisco Economist)
new MR housing in Mission associated with lower nearby prices. 

LAO 2016 (California Legislative Analyst's Office)
displacement reduced by market-rate housing at census-block & regional level.

Zuk & Chapple 2016 (UCB Urban Displacement Project) "Housing Production, Filtering and Displacement: Untangling the Relationships."

Pennington 2018. (UC Berkeley grad student study done for SF Planning Department) MR housing in SF associated with fewer evictions nearby. 

Asquith, Mast & Reed, pro-affordability from building (working paper
SF and other selected cities.




  • Bagwell, Beth. Oakland The Story of a City (1982; 2nd edition 2012). 
  • Brechin, Gray. Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin (2001). 
  • DeLeon, Richard. Left coast city: progressive politics in San Francisco, 1975-1991 (1992).
  • Hartman, Chester. City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco (2002). 
  • Margolin, Malcolm. The Ohlone Way: Indian life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area.(1978; Berkeley: Heyday Books; 25th Anniversary Ed. with a new Afterword, 2002).
  • Polledri, Paolo. Visionary San Francisco (1990).
  • Self, Robert O. American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland. (Princeton University Press, 2003). 


California history and issues

Articles / papers / studies 


United Kingdom / London history and issues

Articles / Papers Studies 





      • Chapter 7: Homelessness as Bad Luck: Implications for Research and Policy." by Brendan O'Flaherty.

  • Feldman, Leonard C. Citizens without Shelter: Homelessness, Democracy, and Political Exclusion. (Cornell University Press, 2006).
  • Heben, Andrew. Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps to Tiny House Villages (2012). 
  • Gowan, Teresa. Hobos, Hustlers, and Backsliders: Homeless in San Francisco. (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). 
  • Hailey, Charlie. Camps: A Guide to 21st-Century Space. (MIT Press, 2009).
  • ____ . Campsite: Architectures of Duration and Place. 2008.
  • Hopper, Kim. Reckoning With Homelessness. (Cornell University Press, 2002).   
  • Katz. The Undeserving Poor (1st edition 1989). 
  • Kerouac, Jack. "The Hobo in America", in Lonesome Traveller
  • Kusmer, Kenneth L.. Down and Out, on the Road: The Homeless in American History. Oxford University Press, 2001.  
  • London, Jack. The Road (1903). 
  • O'Flaherty, Brendan. The Economics of Homelessness (Harvard University Press,1998). 
  • Okin, Robert L. Silent Voices: People with Mental Disorders on the Street (2014). 
  • Piven, Francis, and Richard Cloward. Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare (1956).
  • Quigley, John M, Stephen Raphael, and Eugene Smolensky. "Homelessness in California." Public Policy Institute of California, 2001. 
  • Rossi, Peter R. Down and Out in America. 1993.
  • Willse, Craig. The Value of Homelessness: Managing Surplus Life in the United States. (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). 

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