Urban Growth and Transportation
An Urban Growth & Transportation Reading List
Prepared by Randal O’Toole
Read This First
The Best-Laid Plans by Randal O’Toole (Washington: Cato
Dissects and critiques long-range land-use and transportation planning.
Smart edited by Gabriel Roth (Oakland:
Independent Institute, 2006)
Collection of essays by 20 scholars supporting the privatization of highways, roads, and streets.
- Mobility First by Sam Staley & Adrian
Moore (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009)
Presents the latest research on free-market techniques for reducing congestion.
- The Road More Traveled by Sam Staley &
Ted Balaker (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006)
Makes the case for user-fee-driven transportation policy.
- End of the Line: The Failure of Amtrak Reform and the
Future of America’s Passenger Trains by Joseph
Vranich (Washington: American Enterprise Institute, 2004)
Written by a former Amtrak executive, this book argues that the best way to preserve passenger train service is to privatize Amtrak.
- Megaprojects and Risk by Bent Flyvbjerg
(New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003)
Why major rail and other transportation projects so often cost more and produce less benefits than expected.
- Edge City: Life on the New Frontier by
Joel Garreau (New York: Doubleday, 1991)
Still the best book for a lay audience on modern urban trends.
- The Twenty-First Century City by Stephen
Goldsmith (New York: Manhattan Institute, 1997)
How the mayor of Indianapolis saved taxpayers millions of dollars by privatizing water, sewer, and other city services.
- Land Use Without Zoning by Bernard
Siegan (Lexington, MA: Heath, 1972)
How Houston successfully operates as America’s largest city without zoning.
- Private Neighborhoods and the Transformation of Local
Government by Robert Nelson (Washington: Urban
How and why private neighborhood associations should replace city zoning commissions in determining land-use policies.
- Abuse of Power: How the Government Misuses Eminent
Domain by Steven Greenhut (Santa Ana, CA: Seven
Locks Press, 2004)
Reviews the modern urban renewal movement and how it has led cities to trod on property rights.