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One of the Best Books Ever Written About Cities

Steve Malpezzi, Professor Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, champions Senior Fellow Alain Bertaud’s book:

Order Without Design is one of the most important books ever written about cities. Acclaimed planner-architect-urbanist Alain Bertaud distills lessons from more than half a century of practical and analytical work in dozens of cities ranging from New York and Paris, to Sana’a and Port-au-Prince. Transport, land and housing, labor markets, urban form, and the proper role of urban planning are all covered concisely, yet in amazing depth. Rigorous yet eminently readable, the book is a lively demonstration of the gains from trade between planners and economists.

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