Rediscovering Thomas Adams

Rural Planning and Development in Canada

Edited by Wayne J. Caldwell

  • Published: 2011. Paperback 2012
  • Subject Listing: Architecture
  • Bibliographic information: 445 pp., 96 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

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.
Wayne J. Caldwell is professor of rural planning in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph.

"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
Preface and Acknowledgments


Wayne J. Caldwell


I Introductory

Commentary by Jeanne M. Wolfe

II Rural Population and Production in Canada

Commentary by Michael Troughton

III Present Systems of Surveying and Planning Land in Rural

Commentary by Hok-Lin Leung

IV Rural Transportation and Distribution: Railways and Highways

Commentary by Ian Wight

V Rural Problems that Arise in Connection with Land Development

Commentary by Len Gertler

VI Organization of Rural Life and Rural Industries

Commentary by Tony Fuller

VI Government Policies and Land Development

Commentary by Jill L. Grant

VI Returned Soldiers and Land Settlement

Commentary by John Devlin

IX Provincial Planning and Development Legislation

Commentary by Gary Davidson

X Outline of Proposals and General Conclusions

Commentary by Wayne J. Caldwell