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City Planning in America: Between Promise and Despair
This sure-to-be-controversial work examines the failure of city planning in America, the results of that failure as seen in the day-to-day lives of our cities, and the reasons behind that failure. Hommann contends that, although desperately needed, by and large city planning has no effect on urban development in this country where developers are supreme....
This sure-to-be-controversial work examines the failure of city planning in America, the results of that failure as seen in the day-to-day lives of our cities, and the reasons behind that failure. Hommann contends that, although desperately needed, by and large city planning has no effect on urban development in this country where developers are supreme. For the most part, local planners must deal with a daily fiction regarding their involvement in developmental decisions, a fiction that ultimately drives many into alternate pursuits. After tracing the history of American development and planning, the author argues that greed settled this country and continues to control economic and developmental decisions, accompanied in this century by criminal conspiracy. The result is the civic deprivation that debilitates millions of Americans culturally, socially, and economically.This study will be of interest to scholars, students, and professionals in planning, urban studies, architecture, public administration, sociology, political science, housing, civil engineering, traffic engineering, transportation planning, city management, and environment; legislators, local politicians, civic leaders, lawyers dealing in public policy and land development, as well as enlightened citizens from the business world.
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