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

Rediscovering Thomas Adams: Rural Planning and Development in Canada

EditorWayne J. Caldwell

Paperback | August 1, 2012

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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 text that quickly became a touchstone for planners and planning in Canada Updated with commentaries by Canada’s leading planners who hold up Adams’ text as a mirror to reflect upon contemporary planning issues, this richly illustrated book highlights Adams’ 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 Adams’ 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.

Wayne J. Caldwell is a professor of rural planning in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph.
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Title:Rediscovering Thomas Adams: Rural Planning and Development in CanadaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:428 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.15 inPublished:August 1, 2012Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774819243

ISBN - 13:9780774819244

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction / Wayne J. Caldwell

Rural Planning and Development by Thomas Adams with Commentaries

1 Introductory / Commentary by Jeanne M. Wolfe

2 Rural Population and Production in Canada / Commentary by Michael Troughton

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

4 Rural Transportation and Distribution: Railways and Highways / Commentary by Ian Wight

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

6 Organization of Rural Life and Rural Industries / Commentary by Tony Fuller

7 Government Policies and Land Development / Commentary by Jill L. Grant

8 Returned Soldiers and Land Settlement / Commentary by John Devlin

9 Provincial Planning and Development Legislation / Commentary by Gary Davidson

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

Appendices

Indexes

Contributors

Editorial Reviews

Suburbanization, affordable housing, mass transportation, loss of fertile lands -- these are modern problems, yet they are not new. Thomas Adams grappled with these same issues nearly a century ago, when he wrote Rural Planning and Development, a book that quickly became a touchstone for planners and planning in Canada. Reprinted for the first time and updated with commentaries by leading Canadian planners, this book highlights Adams’ influence on the planning profession and the continued relevance of his comprehensive vision for planning -- to move beyond the demands of the moment to embrace long-term strategies for building stronger rural communities.Thomas Adams’ 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