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Contemporary Urban Planning by John M. Levy

By John M. Levy

Planning is a hugely political task. it's immersed in politics and inseparable from the legislation. city and local making plans judgements usually contain huge sums of cash, either private and non-private, with the capability to convey huge advantages to a couple and losses to others. Contemporary city making plans, 11e provides scholars with an unvarnished and in-depth creation to the ancient, fiscal, political, criminal, ideological, and environmental elements affecting city making plans this present day, and emphasizes the significance of contemplating who wins and who loses in making plans selection making.

The largely revised and up-to-date 11th variation of this cherished textual content tackles the main urgent fresh matters in city development―including the key flip towards reurbanization, reasonable Housing and the actual housing wishes of an getting older inhabitants, new advancements in public transportation making plans, coverage, and know-how, criteria for "green" constructions, the second one Obama administration’s environmental coverage and effort making plans, in addition to the speedily starting to be and important box of making plans for normal catastrophes. Contemporary city Planning is a necessary source for college students, urban planners, and all who're interested in the character of up to date city improvement problems.

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Chapters 3 and 4 trace the history of planning in the United States in the historical context established by Chapter 2. Planning is conditioned and limited by the law and takes place within a political process. Ultimately, planning is a political act. In Part 2, Chapters 5 and 6 establish the legal and political framework in which planning takes place. Chapter 7 lays out some of the main social issues in planning. The concept of the community master plan or comprehensive plan occupies a central place in the development of planning, and the development and implementation of such a plan is often a major task of the planning agency.

Urban Trends in the Twentieth Century Just as nineteenth-century technology proved to be centralizing and to promote very great population densities, twentieth-century technology proved to be exactly the reverse. One decentralizing technology after another appeared on the scene, a process that continues to the present time. For perhaps about the first half of the twentieth century, technology favored decentralization within metropolitan areas but did not favor smaller over larger areas. Thus many large metropolitan areas grew rapidly, usually with the major share of growth occurring in their suburban areas.

It permitted wide-scale decentralization by freeing firms from the necessity of being near rail lines. Retailers could follow their customers, and manufacturers could follow the labor force, with far more freedom than would have been possible a few years earlier. The decentralization of wholesaling followed naturally from the decentralization of retailing, which in turn followed naturally from the decentralization of population. Other forces also accelerated the process of suburbanization. Improved telephone communications made possible some decentralization of economic activity by reducing the need for face-to-face contact.

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