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.
|Publisher:||Yale University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Kristina Ford is one of America’s best known urban planners and writers on planning. In the immediate aftermath of Katrina, Ford’s thoughtful assessmentsheard on CNN, the BBC, and National Public Radiobecame the first public voice of reason to mediate the great storm’s human and civic consequences. Her highly regarded study, Planning Small Town America, is used as a text in many graduate urban planning programs. She lives in New Orleans.
Table of Contents
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