City Planner Book Club

In collaboration with the New York Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NYM), the New Jersey Chapter (APA-NJ) invites you all to join the City Planner Book Club (CPBC).

Our Planning careers are pivoted on building communities, both physically and socially. But what about building literary communities?

The premise of the CPBC is simple. Every three months, APA-NJ and APA-NYM will choose a different book for membership to read.  On the third month of these quarterly cycles, the Chapters will organize an in-person meet-up to discuss the featured book at length. These meet-ups will be submitted for CM Credits. Between the time of introduction and meeting-up, CPBC members are encouraged to participate in an online forum to share their ideas in real-time.

If you would like to join the CPBC and/or have any questions, please send me an email to Christopher Brown, APA-NJ Professional Development Officer at Invites to the online forum will be sent personally via email.

Our first CPBC meet-up dates and locations in both New Jersey and New York will be announced in the coming weeks at and

Happy Reading!


CPBC Meet-Up: June 28, 6pm-7:30pm

posted on June 15th, 2012 in AICP / PP Information, City Planner Book Club

The first meet-up for the City Planner Book Club will be on Thursday, June 28 from 6pm to 7:30. The location will be Burp Castle in NYC. For more information on this venue, please see below. Our respective Chapters, (APA-NJ and APA-NY Metro) will be advertising these meet-ups shortly via web blasts to general membership.

CPBC April 2012: “One Less Car: The Bicycling and the Politics of Automobility”

posted on April 15th, 2012 in AICP / PP Information, City Planner Book Club

Although millions of people in the United States love to ride bicycles for exercise or leisure, statistics show that only 1 per cent of the total U.S. population ride bicycles for transportation – and barely half as many use bikes to commute to work. In his original and exciting book, “One Less Car”, Zack Furness examines what it means historically, culturally, socioeconomically, and politically to be a bicycle transportation advocate/activist. 

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