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

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300127355
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 08/30/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
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 assessments—heard on CNN, the BBC, and National Public Radio—became 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

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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