Advancing Equity Planning Now

Advancing Equity Planning Now

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What can planners do to restore equity to their craft? Drawing upon the perspectives of a diverse group of planning experts, Advancing Equity Planning Now places the concepts of fairness and equal access squarely in the center of planning research and practice. Editors Norman Krumholz and Kathryn Wertheim Hexter provide essential resources for city leaders and planners, as well as for students and others, interested in shaping the built environment for a more just world.

Advancing Equity Planning Now remind us that equity has always been an integral consideration in the planning profession. The historic roots of that ethical commitment go back more than a century. Yet a trend of growing inequality in America, as well as other recent socio-economic changes that divide the wealthiest from the middle and working classes, challenge the notion that a rising economic tide lifts all boats. When planning becomes mere place-making for elites, urban and regional planners need to return to the fundamentals of their profession. Although they have not always done so, planners are well-positioned to advocate for greater equity in public policies that address the multiple objectives of urban planning including housing, transportation, economic development, and the removal of noxious land uses in neighborhoods.

Thanks to generous funding from Cleveland State University, the ebook editions of this book are available as Open Access volumes from Cornell Open ( and other repositories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501730382
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 233,250
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Norman Krumholz is Professor Emeritus at Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. Kathryn Wertheim Hexter is Associate of the University and retired Director of the Center for Community Planning and Development at Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Ronn Richard
Introduction: Norman Krumholz
1. Growth without Displacement: A Test for Equity Planning in Portland: Lisa K. Bates
2. The Evolution of the Community Development Industry: A Practitioner's Perspective: Mark McDermott
3. Economic Diversity in Low-Status Communities: Majora Carter
4. Can We Talk? Conversation, Collaboration, and Conflict for a Just Metro: Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor
5. Equity Planning in a Fragmented Suburban Setting: The Case of St. Louis: Todd Swanstrom
6. On the Way But Not ThereYet: Making Accessibility the Core of Equity Planning in Transportation: Joe Grengs
7. The Opportunity Challenge: Jobs and Economic Development: Robert Giloth
8. Equity Policy and Practice at the Federal Level: HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration: Patrick Costigan
9. Planning for Aging: Addressing Issues of Equity: Deborah Howe
10. The Future of Equity Planning Education in the United States: Kenneth Reardon and John Forester
11. Public Participation Geographic Information Systems: A Model of Citizen Science to Promote Equitable Public Engagement: Michelle M. Thompson and Brittany N. Arceneaux, GISP
Conclusion: The Future of Equity Planning Practice: Norman Krumholz and Kathryn Wertheim Hexter
Notes on Contributors

What People are Saying About This

Howell S. Baum

"This volume brings together academics and practitioners of equity planning who provide stimulating conceptualizations of equity, thoughtful policy proposals, insightful political analysis, rich case examples, and many useful lessons for planning education and practice."

Tom Angotti

"Many urban scholars, teachers, practitioners and students today need to be reminded of and attentive to the origins and history of equity planning and the political, economic, and social changes in the nation’s cities, and Krumholz and Hexter enrich this discussion with contemporary examples and interpretations."

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