January 1, 2013

Policy, Planning, and People Promoting Justice in Urban Development

By: Naomi Carmon and Susan S. Fainstein

The contributors of Policy, Planning, and People argue for the promotion of social equity and quality of life by designing and evaluating urban policies and plans. Edited by Naomi Carmon and Susan S. Fainstein, the volume features original essays by leading authorities in the field of urban planning and policy, mainly from the United States, but also from Canada, Hungary, Italy, and Israel. The contributors discuss goal setting and ethics in planning, illuminate paradigm shifts, make policy recommendations, and arrive at best practices for future planning.

Policy, Planning, and People includes theoretical as well as practice-based essays on a wide range of planning issues: housing and neighborhood, transportation, surveillance and safety, the network society, regional development and community development. Several essays are devoted to disadvantaged and excluded groups such as senior citizens, the poor, and migrant workers. The unifying themes of this volume are the values of equity, diversity, and democratic participation. The contributors discuss and draw conclusions related to the planning process and its outcomes. They demonstrate the need to look beyond efficiency to determine who benefits from urban policies and plans.

“A much needed and welcome contribution to our study of cities, planning and change. Written and edited by internationally renowned authors, the work reestablishes the importance of place and people in the discourse of cities and planning during an era of uncertainty, austerity and economic rejuvenation. With discussion of the global economic downturn, the protest movement, poverty alleviation, the role of housing and neighborhoods, and the fate of different citizens in these turbulent times, the book challenges the continued clamor for neoliberal thinking. It reminds ‘the one percent’ that inequality and social justice need to be tackled and people’s concerns will be heard in governments. This is not the story of city planning: it’s the story of the way we live today.”—Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Newcastle University

Contributors: Alberta Andreotti, Tridib Banerjee, Rachel G. Bratt, Naomi Carmon, Karen Chapple, Norman Fainstein, Susan Fainstein, Eran Feitelson, Amnon Frenkel, George Galster, Penny Gurstein, Deborah Howe, Norman Krumholz, Jonathan Levine, Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Enzo Mingione, Kenneth Reardon, Izhak Schnell, Daniel Shefer, Michael Teitz, Iván Tosics, Lawrence Vale, Martin Wachs.

Naomi Carmon is Professor of Urban Planning and Sociology at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Susan S. Fainstein is a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the author ofThe Just City.



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