22: Urban Planning Now: What Works, What Doesn’t? S/S 2005

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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.

Table of Contents


America in Wartime, 2001–2004

Anthony Suau

An Anatomy of Civic Ambition in Vancouver: Toward Humane Density

Leonie Sandercock

Are American and Europe Alien Worlds for Planning?

Peter Hall

Ball Gains: What Can Planners Learn from Baseball Managers?

David Luberoff

Can Planning Be a Means to Better Architecture?: Chicago’s Building Boom and Design Quality

Lynn Becker

Critical of What?: Toward a Utopian Realism

Reinhold Martin

Democracy Takes Command: New Community Planning and the Challenge to Urban Design

John Kaliski

Design by Deception: The Politics of Megaproject Approval

Bent Flyvbjerg

From New Regionalism to the Urban Network: Changing the Paradigm of Growth

Peter Calthorpe

In Praise of Un- “Heroic” Planning: A Response to Emily Talen’s Challenge to Planning

Alex Krieger

Is Eminent Domain For Economic Development Constitutional?: Empowering or Enervating Planners

Jerold S. Kayden

Making Planning Matter: A New Approach to Eminent Domain

David Barron, Gerald E. Frug

Omaha by Design—All of It: New Prospects in Urban Planning and Design

Jonathan Barnett

Paved with Good Intentions: Boston’s Central Artery Project and a Failure of City Building

Hubert Murray

Plans for Manhattan’s Far West Side: A Portent of New Urban Redevelopment?

Robert Yaro

Public Planning and Private Initiative: The South Boston Waterfront

Matthew J. Kiefer

The Ghosts in City Hall: Urban Planning and the Emotions

Margaret Crawford

The Return of Urban Renewal: Dan Doctoroff’s Grand Plans for New York City

Susan Fainstein

What’s the Mission of Harvard’s Urban Planning Program?

Jerold S. Kayden