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Ordering the City

Land Use, Policing, and the Restoration of Urban America

Nicole Stelle Garnett


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This timely and important book highlights the multiple, often overlooked, and frequently misunderstood connections between land use and development policies and policing practices. In order to do so, the book draws upon multiple literatures—especially law, history, economics, sociology, and psychology—as well as concrete case studies to better explore how these policy arenas, generally treated as completely unrelated, intersect and conflict.


Nicole Stelle Garnett identifies different types of urban “disorder,” some that may be precursors to serious crime and social deviancy, others that may be benign or even contribute positively to urban vitality. The book’s unique approach—to analyze city policies through the lens of order and disorder—provides a clearer understanding, generally, of how cities work (and why they sometimes do not), and specifically, of what disorder is and how it affects city life.

Praise For Ordering the City: Land Use, Policing, and the Restoration of Urban America

"This book is a wonderful re-articulation and deepening of Nicole Garnett's thinking that is sure to shape debates over urban land use policy and regulation for a long time to come."—Sheila R. Foster, Albert A. Walsh Professor of Law, Fordham University
— Sheila R. Foster

"Ordering the City is a worthy meditation on the role of land-use regulation and urban police work in reviving our largest cities.  Its arguments are nicely illustrated by many real-life examples."—William A. Fischel, Dartmouth College
— William A. Fischel

Yale University Press, 9780300124941, 290pp.

Publication Date: December 29, 2009

About the Author

Nicole Stelle Garnett is a professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School.