The Trouble with City Planning: What New Orleans Can Teach Us

The Trouble with City Planning: What New Orleans Can Teach Us

by Kristina Ford
     
 

After the vast destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans faces a rare chance to rebuild, with an unprecedented opportunity to plan what gets built. As the city’s director of planning from 1992 until 2000, Kristina Ford is uniquely placed to use these opportunities as a springboard for an eye-opening discussion of the intransigent problems and

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Overview

After the vast destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans faces a rare chance to rebuild, with an unprecedented opportunity to plan what gets built. As the city’s director of planning from 1992 until 2000, Kristina Ford is uniquely placed to use these opportunities as a springboard for an eye-opening discussion of the intransigent problems and promising possibilities facing city planners across the nation and beyond.

In The Trouble with City Planning, Ford argues that almost no part of our usual understanding of the phrase “city planning” is accurate: not our conception of the plan itself, nor our sense of what city planners do or who plans are made for or how planners determine what citizens want. Most important, our conventional understanding does not tell us how a plan affects what gets built in any city in America.

Ford advances several planning innovations that, if adopted, could be crucial for restoring New Orleans, but also transformative wherever citizens are troubled by the results of their city’s plan. This keenly intelligent book is destined to become a classic for planners and citizens alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300177428
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/30/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
485,250
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Practice of American City Planning

1 Cities as Planners See Them 11

2 Intimations of Trouble: Plans After Hurricane Katrina 29

3 What Are City Plans? 44

4 What City Planners Do and Why They Do It That Way 55

5 How Planners Interact with Citizens 67

6 The American Evolution of Plans 77

7 How Plans Take Effect 92

Part 2 Locating the Trouble with City Planning

8 City Planning in Action 113

9 Plans that Only Planners Use 120

10 Plans that Don't Include What Citizens Know 140

11 Plans that Elected Leaders Ignore 154

Part 3 Good City Plans

12 City Plans for Citizens 175

13 The Trouble with Most City Plans 188

14 Formulating Good City Plans: The State of the City 195

15 Formulating Good City Plans: Projections for the Future 202

16 Formulating Good City Plans: Citizen's Guide to Land-Use Decisions 207

17 Activating Good City Plans 213

18 How Good City Plans Influence Elected Leaders 218

19 Good City Plans and Great Cities 229

Appendix 237

Notes 241

Bibliography 255

Acknowledgments 261

Index 263

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