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Rediscovering Thomas Adams
Rural Planning and Development in Canada
Wayne J. Caldwell  

$97.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 7/25/2011
ISBN: 9780774819237    

$39.95 Paperback
Release Date: 8/1/2012
ISBN: 9780774819244    

428 Pages


About the Book

Rural depopulation, protection of natural resources, suburbanization, affordable housing, mass transportation, loss of fertile lands -- these are modern problems, yet they are not new. Thomas Adams grappled with these same concerns nearly a century ago, when he wrote Rural Planning and Development, a comprehensive overview of planning issues at the time of the First World War.

Rediscovering Thomas Adams reintroduces a new generation to a book that quickly became a touchstone for planners and planning in Canada. Updated with commentaries by Canadaís leading planners who hold up Adamsí text as a mirror to reflect upon contemporary planning issues, this richly illustrated book highlights Adamsí influence on the planning profession and the continued significance of his comprehensive, pragmatic vision for building better rural and urban communities. Chapter by chapter, from production and systems of surveying to government policies and legislation, the contributors not only place Adamsí text and Canadian planning in historical context, they also put forward a new vision of what planning and development can be.

First published in 1917, Rural Planning and Development continues to resonate as a broad vision for planning, one that moves beyond the demands of the moment to offer a long-term vision for a better future.

About the Author(s)

Wayne J. Caldwell is is Professor of Rural Planning in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Wayne J. Caldwell


I Introductory
Commentary by Jeanne M. Wolfe

II Rural Population and Production in Canada
Commentary by Michael Troughton

III Present Systems of Surveying and Planning Land in Rural Areas
Commentary by Hok-Lin Leung

IV Rural Transportation and Distribution: Railways and Highways
Commentary by Ian Wight

V Rural Problems that Arise in Connection with Land Development
Commentary by Len Gertler

VI Organization of Rural Life and Rural Industries
Commentary by Tony Fuller

VI Government Policies and Land Development
Commentary by Jill L. Grant

VI Returned Soldiers and Land Settlement
Commentary by John Devlin

IX Provincial Planning and Development Legislation
Commentary by Gary Davidson

X Outline of Proposals and General Conclusions
Commentary by Wayne J. Caldwell



"Thomas Adamsí book is a significant part of the history of planning in Canada ... It tells us much about rural planning and development at a time when Canada first began to be transformed into an urban nation ... The authors [of the commentaries] have seized upon its republication as an opportunity to explore contemporary rural planning and development issues."
-- Michael Bunce, Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Social Sciences, University of Toronto

"This book makes a timely contribution to current debates regarding the nature of the profession, the need to consider urban and rural issues together, the need to think holistically across departmental boundaries, and the need to creatively consider the future of rural areas in the face of a declining population base, crumbling infrastructure, and energy crisis."
-- Frank Palermo, Professor in the Faculty of Architecture and Planning and Director of the Cities and Environment Unit, Dalhousie University

Sample Chapter

Sample Chapter [PDF]

Related Topics

Urban Studies
Political Science > Canada

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