Contemporary Neighborhood Planning: A Critique Of Two Operating Programs Public Deposited

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  • Gates, Lauren B.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of City and Regional Planning
  • Rohe, William M.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of City and Regional Planning
  • Contemporary neighborhood planning has developed, in part, as a reaction to the failures of traditional comprehensive planning. Critics of comprehensive planning suggest that it has favored business interests, has accomplished few tangible results, has excluded citizens from meaningful participation, has ignored the needs of local areas, and has failed to achieve a more equal distribution of public goods (Chapin, 1967; Friedman, 1971; Perin, 1967). In response to these criticisms, as well as to federal pressure for citizen participation, neighborhood based planning programs have been established in a number of cities throughout the country. These neighborhood level programs are meant to supplement comprehensive planning programs, and differ from them in a number of ways. First, these programs are typically problem oriented rather than comprehensive in nature. Second, they focus on geographic subareas rather than the city as a functional whole. Third, they allow considerable input from the citizenry. Last, they typically adopt a short term rather than a long term perspective. (Center for Governmental Studies, 1976; Rafter, I98O; Zuccotti, 1974.)
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  • Carolina Planning Journal
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  • 6
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