Best Housing & Urban Development Law Books

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1. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Author: by Richard Rothstein

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New York Times Bestseller Notable Book of the Year Editors’ Choice Selection One of Bill Gates’ Amazing Books of the Year One of Publishers Weekly’s 10 Best Books of the Year Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction An NPR Best Book of the Year Winner of the Hillman Prize for Nonfiction Gold Winner California Book Award (Nonfiction) Finalist Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History) Finalist Brooklyn Public Library Literary PrizeThis powerful and disturbing history exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide (New York Times Book Review).

Widely heralded as a masterful (Washington Post) and essential (Slate) history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law offers the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation (William Julius Wilson).

Exploding the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintended consequences of economic forces, Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation: with undisguised racial zoning; public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities; subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs; tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation; and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods.

2. How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York

Author: by Jacob A. Riis
242 pages

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2015 Reprint of 1957 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Originally published in 1890, this is the classic indictment of slum life, written by one of the most famous reformers of the nineteenth century. “How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York” explained not only the living conditions in New York slums, but also in the sweatshops in some tenements which paid workers only a few cents a day.

The book explains the plight of working children; they would work in factories and at other jobs. Some children became garment workers and newsies (newsboys). The effect was the tearing down of New York’s worst tenements, sweatshops, and the reform of the city’s schools.

The book led to a decade of improvements in Lower East Side conditions, with sewers, garbage collection, and indoor plumbing all following soon after, thanks to public reaction. Our edition reprints the 1957 edition, without the photo illustrations done mostly by Riis himself.

3. The Condominium Concept: A Practical Guide for Officers, Owners, Realtors, Attorneys, and Directors of Florida Condominiums (Condominium Concepts)

Author: by Peter M. Dunbar
Pineapple Press
392 pages

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A practical and popular guide to operating a successful condominium association in Florida. Working tool with forms and references to the latest Florida Statutes. For officers, owners, realtors, attorneys and directors.

4. Texas Homeowners Association Law: Fourth Edition : The Essential Legal Guide for Texas Homeowners Associations and Homeowners

Author: by Gregory S. Cagle
MCP Books
939 pages

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Texas Homeowners Association Law is the only legal reference book on the federal and state laws governing Texas homeowners associations. Written in plain English on a topic-by-topic basis, Texas Homeowners Association Law is an essential guidebook for board members of Texas homeowners associations and homeowners in association-governed communities.

5. Beyond Privatopia: Rethinking Residential Private Government (Urban Institute Press)

Author: by E Van McKenzie
164 pages

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In Beyond Privatopia: Rethinking Residential Private Government, attorney and political science scholar Evan McKenzie explores emerging trends in private governments and competing schools of thought on how to operate them, from state oversight to laissez-faire libertarianism. The most common analyses see CIDs from a neoclassical economic, positive point of view.

HoAs, this strain of analysis maintains, are more efficient and frugal than municipalities. And what could be more democratic than government of the neighbors, by the neighbors? But scholars coming from institutional analysis, communitarianism, and critical urban theory frameworks see possible repercussions.

These include a development’s failure leaving residents on the hook for crippling sums, capture or extension of the local state, and convergence of public and private local governments

6. The Law of Florida Homeowners Association

Author: by Charles F. Dudley
Pineapple Press
188 pages

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Completely updated guide to the laws governing homeowners associations in Florida. Cross-referenced to the latest Florida statutes, this book covers everything from creating and maintaining a budget to conducting productive meetings. Includes 27 forms that can be adapted to any association.

7. COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT FLORIDA: AACC Online’s 18 Hour Cam Prelicensure Textbook

Author: by Jonas P. Arca Esq.
221 pages

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Community Association Management Florida is an introductory text to community association management in Florida. This book explains the concepts behind common interest communities (i.E. Homeowners, condominium, and cooperative associations) and crucial knowledge that must be understood to manage communities effectively.

Take away California, and there are more homeowners associations in Florida than the remaining 48 states combined. Whether you are aspiring to join the ranks of licensed community association managers (LCAMs) in Florida or if you are a board member or resident in a homeowners association, this book will provide the practical knowledge and laws you need to understand the inner workings of community association living.

8. The Voucher Promise: "Section 8" and the Fate of an American Neighborhood

Author: by Eva Rosen
352 pages

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An in-depth look at America’s largest rental assistance program and how it shapes the lives of residents in one low-income Baltimore neighborhood.”A must-read for anyone interested in solutions to America’s housing crisis.”-Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American CityHousing vouchers are a cornerstone of US federal housing policy, offering aid to more than two million households.

Vouchers are meant to provide the poor with increased choice in the private rental marketplace, enabling access to safe neighborhoods with good schools and higher-paying jobs.But do they? The Voucher Promise examines the Housing Choice Voucher Program, colloquially known as “Section 8,” and how it shapes the lives of families living in a Baltimore neighborhood called Park Heights.

Eva Rosen tells stories about the daily lives of homeowners, voucher holders, renters who receive no housing assistance, and the landlords who provide housing. While vouchers are a powerful tool with great promise, she demonstrates how the housing policy can replicate the very inequalities it has the power to solve.

9. 2021 Condominium Bluebook: A Complete Legal Guide to Living in a Homeowners Association in California

Author: by Berding Weil

December 14, 2020

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In its 33rd year of publication, the Condominium Bluebook for California is a comprehensive guide to the Davis-Stirling Act, renumbered and revised, and all the relevant laws that govern condominiums and planned developments. This over 500 page resource is a road map to the legal side of common ownership and being an informed member of a homeowner association in California today.

10. Ours to Lose: When Squatters Became Homeowners in New York City

Author: by Amy Starecheski

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The fascinating and little-known tale of the Lower East Side squatters of the Eighties … A radical, European-inspired housing movement (The Village Voice). Though New York’s Lower East Side today is home to high-end condos and hip restaurants, it was for decades an infamous site of blight, open-air drug dealing, and class conflictan emblematic example of the tattered state of 1970s and ’80s Manhattan.

Those decades of strife, however, also gave the Lower East Side something unusual: a radical movement that blended urban homesteading and European-style squatting in a way never before seen in the United States. Ours to Lose tells the oral history of that movement through a close look at a diverse group of Lower East Side squatters who occupied abandoned city-owned buildings in the 1980s, fought to keep them for decades, and eventually began a long, complicated process to turn their illegal occupancy into legal cooperative ownership.

Amy Starecheski here not only tells a little-known New York story, she also shows how property shapes our sense of ourselves as social beings and explores the ethics of homeownership and debt in post-recession America. There are many books about the Lower East Side and its recent transformation, yet none has included engagement or oral history with primary organizers in the way Starecheski has.

11. Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing

Author: by Josh Ryan-Collins
Zed Books (July 15, 2017)
280 pages

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Why are house prices in many advanced economies rising faster than incomes? Why isn’t land and location taught or seen as important in modern economics? What is the relationship between the financial system and land? In this accessible but provocative guide to the economics of land and housing, the authors reveal how many of the key challenges facing modern economies – including housing crises, financial instability and growing inequalities – are intimately tied to the land economy.

Looking at the ways in which discussions of land have been routinely excluded from both housing policy and economic theory, the authors show that in order to tackle these increasingly pressing issues a major rethink by both politicians and economists is required.

12. How the Suburbs Were Segregated: Developers and the Business of Exclusionary Housing, 1890–1960 (Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism)

Author: by Paige Glotzer
320 pages

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The story of the rise of the segregated suburb often begins during the New Deal and the Second World War, when sweeping federal policies hollowed out cities, pushed rapid suburbanization, and created a white homeowner class intent on defending racial barriers.

Paige Glotzer offers a new understanding of the deeper roots of suburban segregation. The mid-twentieth-century policies that favored exclusionary housing were not simply the inevitable result of popular and elite prejudice, she reveals, but the culmination of a long-term effort by developers to use racism to structure suburban real estate markets.

Glotzer charts how the real estate industry shaped residential segregation, from the emergence of large-scale suburban development in the 1890s to the postwar housing boom. Focusing on the Roland Park Company as it developed Baltimore’s wealthiest, whitest neighborhoods, she follows the money that financed early segregated suburbs, including the role of transnational capital, mostly British, in the U.S.Housing market.

13. Manufactured Insecurity: Mobile Home Parks and Americans’ Tenuous Right to Place

Author: by Esther Sullivan
August 7, 2018

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Manufactured Insecurity is the first book of its kind to provide an in-depth investigation of the social, legal, geospatial, and market forces that intersect to create housing insecurity for an entire class of low-income residents. Drawing on rich ethnographic data collected before, during, and after mobile home park closures and community-wide evictions in Florida and Texasthe two states with the largest mobile home populationsManufactured Insecurity forces social scientists and policymakers to respond to a fundamental question: how do the poor access and retain secure housing in the face of widespread poverty, deepening inequality, and scarce legal protection?

With important contributions to urban sociology, housing studies, planning, and public policy, the book provides a broader understanding of inequality and social welfare in the United States today.

14. Sick City: Disease, Race, Inequality and Urban Land

Author: by Patrick Condon

‎ 165 pages

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Sick City is a call to action prompted by the crisis that crippled our cities, the pandemic. But the pandemic has brought the issues of race, inequality and unaffordability to the forefront as well, illustrating how all of these ills can be traced to unequal access to urban land.

Patrick Condon walks the reader through that history, proving that most of these problems are rooted in the inflation of urban land value land that is no longer priced for its value for housing but as an asset class in a global market hungry for assets of all kinds.

The American wage earner who is most affected by COVID is also the worst hit by the surging price of urban land which has made the essential commodity of housing increasingly inaccessible. Not only does Condon dive deep into myriad and credible references to prove these points, but he also wraps up the conversation with some eminently practical and widely precedented policy actions that municipalities can enact policy tools to establish housing justice at the same time slow the flow of land value increases into the pockets of land speculators.

15. California Land Use & Planning Law

Author: by Cecily Talbert Barclay
Solano Press Books
April 22, 2020

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For over three decades, California Land Use and Planning Law has provided a succinct and definitive summary of the major provisions of California’s land use and planning laws and has been cited by the California Supreme Court and numerous appellate courts as an authoritative source.