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Book published by Sonia Hirt featured on two top book lists

Associate Dean for the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and Associate Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning Sonia Hirt’s Zoned in the USA: The Origins and Implications of American Land-Use Regulation caught the eye of two publications’ top book lists since the holiday season.

Her work was published in December 2014 by the Cornell University Press.

“Though Hirt often does not hide her bafflement, Zoned in the USA is that rare book that has a perspective but not an agenda,” Josh Stephens of Planetizen wrote. “It likewise carries the heft of research but is compelling, and convincing, enough – sometimes just barely – to be one of the more enjoyable scholarly texts on what can be a dreadfully dull topic.”

Planetizen is a news website that covers planning, design, and development issues. Every year, they choose the best ten books on these subjects. They base the list on a number of criteria, including editorial reviews, popularity, number of references, sales figures, recommendations from experts, and the book’s potential impact on the urban planning, development, and design professions. You can find Planetizen’s full review of the book here.

“[Hirt] provides a succinct overview of the history of zoning in the US,” D. Schultz from Choice Magazine said. “The book tells the story of how local, state, and federal governments have contributed to the use of zoning to preserve the single-family detached home, connecting zoning to other politics, such as transportation and home loan financing. This is a terrific book for collections on housing, land-use, zoning, and law.”

Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries is a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries. Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles every year that are chosen from titles that were reviewed by the magazine during the previous calendar year. This list draws attention from many in the academic library community. The list this year includes 606 titles in 54 disciplines and subsections.

Zoned in the USA previously received Honorable Mention for The Urban Affairs Association (UAA), the international professional association for urban scholars, researchers and public service professionals, Best Book in Urban Affairs Award.