Offers a much needed update on urban politics in a globalized world… Davidson and Martin, as well as contributors, chart new territory and produce thought-provoking research that move the field in a more critical direction

Chapter 7: Making Urban Politics go away: The Role of Legally Mandated Planning Processes in Occluding City Power

Making Urban Politics go away: The Role of Legally Mandated Planning Processes in Occluding City Power

Making urban politics go away: The role of legally mandated planning processes in occluding city power
John Carr

Introduction: The Mundane Frustrations of Public Input-Based Urban Planning

A political decision is made in city hall and a planning process is ordered. Notices are mailed and signs are posted on city property. Public meetings are held. Planners show PowerPoint presentations to irate neighbours who raise their voices and submit impassioned letters and e-mails in opposition. A draft plan is prepared and another round of meetings is held. A smaller group of irate neighbours shows up to voice their frustration with the draft. A slightly modified plan is presented to the Mayor and ...

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