I’m excited to report that the Society for American City and Regional Planning History awarded Planning the Home Front an Honorable Mention for its Lewis Mumford prize for the best book on American city and regional planning history published over the last two years.
The awards ceremony took place in Toronto on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The prize committee citation reads:
In Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run, Sarah Jo Peterson uses an intensive study of the enormous Willow Run bomber plant and its surrounding communities to illuminate the planning process by which Americans mobilized to prosecute World War II. Success arose from a participatory planning process that involved trade-offs while achieving cooperation and coordination, a form of planning not embraced nationally for two decades after the war.
Congratulations to Elihu Rubin who won SACRPH’s Mumford prize for Insuring the City: The Prudential Center and the Postwar Urban Landscape (Yale University Press, 2012) and the other Mumford prize finalists: Gregory L. Heller for Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics, and the Building of Modern Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania, 2013) and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer for Sunbelt Capitalism: Phoenix and the Transformation of American Politics (University of Pennsylvania, 2013). SACRPH’s website includes a list of all 2013 award winners.