This book aims to describe the essential quantitative methods for local and regional analysis and projection. It is best suited for planning practitioners (especially community planners) and students targeting a professional planning career. For practical planners, one key merit for this book is that, despite its breadth in quantitative regional economic methods, it requires no prerequisite of advanced statistics, calculus, or microeconomic background and materials in the book can be well understood for someone without this background. I would recommend this book to (perspective) community planners at various levels, who have interests in understanding the basics of regional population and employment projection and forecasting. . . . Overall, this book provides an important introduction to a rapidly evolving subfield.
In sum, the book adds to the modern approach to neighborhood-centered analysis with a focus on community, geospatial data analysis, and use case scenarios. The book provides ample illustrations, informative and user-friendly. Undergraduate and graduate students, community scientists, planners in practice, and applied researchers will find Planning Support Methods: Urban and Regional Analysis and Projection to be a comprehensive book that can be used for both bottom-up and top-down urban and regional data analysis.