- About the Contributors
- Planning as Scholarship: Origins and Prospects
- Collective Action: Balancing Public and Particularistic Interests
- Urban Planning and Regulation: The Challenge of The Market
- The Evolution of The Institutional Approach in Planning
- Varieties of Planning Experience: Toward a Globalized Planning Culture?
- Cultural Diversity
- Making Plans
- Cities, People, and Processes as Planning Case Studies
- From Good Intentions to A Critical Pragmatism
- Visualizing Information
- Modeling Urban Systems
- Codes and Standards
- Evolving Perspectives on the Arts, Place, and Development
- Reconnecting Urban Planning and Public Health
- Suburban Sprawl and “Smart Growth”
- Planning for Improved Air Quality and Environmental Health
- The Local Regulation of Climate Change
- The Evolving Role of Community Economic Development in Planning
- Housing: Planning and Policy Challenges
- Cities with Slums
- The Public Finance of Urban Form
- City Abandonment
- The Changing Character of Urban Redevelopment
- Gender, Cities, and Planning
- Frontiers in Land Use and Travel Research
- The Civics of Urban Planning
- Urban Informality: The Production of Space and Practice of Planning
- Citizen Planners: From Self-Help to Political Transformation
- The Real Estate Development Industry
- The Politics of Planning
- Reading Through A Plan: A Visual Theory of Plan Interpretation
- Planning and Citizenship
- Plan Assessment: Making and Using Plans Well
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines the political aspect of urban planning. It discusses Robert Beauregard's opinion that planning should not reject modernism entirely or unconditionally embrace postmodernism, and that planners should instead maintain a focus on the city and the built environment as a way of retaining relevancy and coherence, and should maintain modernism's commitment to political reform and to planning's meditative role within the state, labor, and capital. The article suggests that planners should also advocate utopian social justice visions for cities which are not so far-fetched as to be unrealizable so that planning can then attach itself to widespread values such as democracy, the common good, or equality.
J. Phillip Thompson is Associate Professor of Urban Politics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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