Gifts for someone who is attracted to cities
December 18, 2010 9:10 PM Subscribe
[XmasGiftFilter] So I'm looking for gifts related to urban planning / urbanism in general. This is sort of an attempt to use Metafilter as a "people who liked x also liked y" function, since it's full of people who like this particular x
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Apologies for cluttering ask.mefi with yet another post about holiday gifts, but, here goes. Posted anonymously, because the person I'm buying gifts for reads metafilter occasionally:
So my girlfriend is very much into urbanism, on both a personal and professional level. Which, well, as someone who is also very much into those things, I feel pretty lucky, right? But I'm a little bit stuck on what to get her for Christmas. I'm looking for things that are related to urban planning, urbanism, and/or municipal politics in the United States, that are also well-written and engaging instead of seeming like work.
She's read Caro's Power Broker and is right now reading, and loving, Jane Jacobs' Death and Life of Great American Cities -- she avoided Jacobs for a while, just on a sense that her stuff wouldn't be current or entirely relevant anymore, but has been pleasantly surprised. If there's anyone out there writing about contemporary municipal planning and politics in a way that's one-tenth as engaging as Jacobs' stuff, I know she'd like it. She also loved Buzz Bissinger's A Prayer for the City (his book on Ed Rendell's administration when he was mayor of Philadelphia). So things about urbanism in the abstract are good, but things about actual city adminstration and campaigns to make cities better are better.
Any thoughts? I'm also looking for things that address some of topics and also are, well, pretty -- really good coffee-table type books on cities, for example, would be welcome.