Urban planning in the United States has both been declared dead and been celebrated as newly alive because of the vigor of Smart Growth and New Urbanist thinking and deeds. So what is its actual condition? Thirteen exemplary planners and scholars of planning here address that question by looking at the planning most conspicuous in their fields of vision. The result is a highly nuanced and complex picture revealing a transitional state in which both top-down and bottom-up planning have strong roles, and in which high quality architecture is both supported and suppressed.
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America in Wartime, 2001–2004
An Anatomy of Civic Ambition in Vancouver: Toward Humane Density
Are American and Europe Alien Worlds for Planning?
Ball Gains: What Can Planners Learn from Baseball Managers?
Can Planning Be a Means to Better Architecture?: Chicago’s Building Boom and Design Quality
Critical of What?: Toward a Utopian Realism
Design by Deception: The Politics of Megaproject Approval
From New Regionalism to the Urban Network: Changing the Paradigm of Growth
In Praise of Un- “Heroic” Planning: A Response to Emily Talen’s Challenge to Planning
Is Eminent Domain For Economic Development Constitutional?: Empowering or Enervating Planners
Making Planning Matter: A New Approach to Eminent Domain
Omaha by Design—All of It: New Prospects in Urban Planning and Design
Paved with Good Intentions: Boston’s Central Artery Project and a Failure of City Building
Plans for Manhattan’s Far West Side: A Portent of New Urban Redevelopment?
Public Planning and Private Initiative: The South Boston Waterfront
The Ghosts in City Hall: Urban Planning and the Emotions
The Return of Urban Renewal: Dan Doctoroff’s Grand Plans for New York City