Below is a suggested library for the grid enthusiast. While there are numerous books available on city planning and urban design in general, those listed here specifically feature the grid plan. If you would like to contribute to this list, please contact me.

Updated on June 8, 2013


  1. The Oglethorpe Plan, Thomas Wilson
  2. The Measure of Manhattan, Marguerite Holloway
  3. City Rules, Emily Talen
  4. The Greatest Grid, Hilary Ballon, ed.
  5. The Making of Urban America, John W. Reps
  6. The Architecture of the City, Aldo Rossi
  7. Measuring America, Andro Linklater
  8. The Fabric of America, Andro Linklater
  9. Delirious New York, Rem Koolhaas
  10. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs
  11. Design of Cities, Edmund Bacon
  12. Streets and Patterns, Stephen Marshall
  13. The City Shaped, Spiro Kostof
  14. Landscape in Sight, J.B. Jackson
  15. A Sense of Place, a Sense of Time, J.B. Jackson
  16. Discovering the Vernacular Landscape, J. B. Jackson
  17. The Social Logic of Space, Bill Hillier & Julien Hanson
  18. History of Urban Form, A.E.J. Morris
  19. Great Streets, Allan Jacobs
  20. Plan of Chicago, Daniel Burnham
  21. Odd Lots, Cabinet Magazine
  22. New Civic Art, Andres Duany, et al.
  23. X-Urbanism, Mario Gandelsonas
  24. Orthogonal Town Planning in Antiquity, Ferdinando Castagnoli

Articles & Studies

  1. The Great American Grid, Tamara Thornton
  2. Chicago is Rural, Paul L. Knight
  3. Decoding the Urban Grid, L. Figueiredo & L. Amorim
  4. Debunking the Cul-de-Sac, Norman Garrick & Wesley Marshall

Original Documents

  1. Randel Farm Maps of Manhattan
  2. Land Ordinance of 1785
  3. Commissioners’ Plan for New York, 1811
  4. Panoramic Maps Collection at the Library of Congress


  1. The street plan has always been regarded as the foundation of all city planning.
    F.L. Olmsted, 1910, from an address before the Second National Conference on City Planning
  2. But you have to drive out of Carroll, bisecting the square fields of corn and soybeans, to tell just how strong the presence of [the grid] is here. The roads run due north-south and east-west, and so do the farmhouses, the machine sheds, the barns, and the rows of corn and beans. Go into a farmhouse. Provided you were so inclined, you could follow the line of the kitchen counter, the linoleum pattern, and the ice trays in the freezer to the North Pole.
    Tamara Thornton, 1988, from The Great American Grid
  3. The most meaningful permanences [of the city] are those provided by the street and the plan.
    Aldo Rossi, 1984, from The Architecture of the City


  1. Planetizen planetizen.com
  2. Ped Shed pedshed.net
  3. Discovering Urbanism discoveringurbanism.blogspot.com
  4. Better! Cities & Towns bettercities.net
  5. Old Urbanist oldurbanist.blogspot.com
  6. New Urbanism Blog newurbanismblog.com
  7. Human Transit humantransit.org
  8. Morris Beacon Design morrisbeacon.com/blog
  9. Recivilization recivilization.net
  10. Randel Farm Maps of Manhattan mcny.org
  11. Master Street Plan masterstreetplan.com