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Rediscovering Thomas Adams

Rural Planning and Development in Canada

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.

428 pages

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




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