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Planning as if People Matter

Governing for Social Equity

Island Press

American communities are changing fast: ethnic minority populations are growing, home ownership is falling, the number of people per household is going up, and salaries are going down. According to Marc Brenman and Thomas W. Sanchez, the planning field is largely unprepared for these fundamental shifts. If planners are going to adequately serve residents of diverse ages, races, and income levels, they need to address basic issues of equity. Planning as if People Matter offers practical solutions to make our communities more livable and more equitable for all residents.

While there are many books on environmental justice, relatively few go beyond theory to give real-world examples of how better planning can level inequities. In contrast, Planning as if People Matter is written expressly for planning practitioners, public administrators, policy-makers, activists, and students who must directly confront these challenges. It provides new insights about familiar topics such as stakeholder participation and civil rights. And it addresses emerging issues, including disaster response, new technologies, and equity metrics. Far from an academic treatment, Planning as if People Matter is rooted in hard data, on-the-ground experience, and current policy analysis.

In this tumultuous period of economic change, there has never been a better time to reform the planning process. Brenman and Sanchez point the way toward a more just social landscape.


Chapter 1: Governance and Equity: Planning as if People Mattered

Chapter 2: Changing Demographics and Social Justice

Chapter 3: Ethics in the Public Realm: The Role of the Planner

Chapter 4: Diversity and Inclusion

Chapter 5: Public Involvement and Participation

Chapter 6: Technology for Social Equity

Chapter 7: Social Equity Interventions

Chapter 8: Conclusions and Recommendations


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