Professional Planning Literature: Between Orthodoxy and Contrarianism in Challenging Times
<p class="MsoNormal"> Years ago, when I was researching my thesis concerning city planning thought in the 1940s and 50s, I came across an article from an American planning journal, which stated that "everyone is in favor of fast and efficient freeways" – the epitome of prevailing orthodoxy in an era of Interstate Highway construction. Now, when I share this quote with students, it only elicits derisive laughter.
Planning for "Dickensian Gloom"? Refuting Critics of Smart Growth (Again)
<span>It is well-known in planning circles that Smart Growth has come under attack by (mostly libertarian) think tanks and pundits hostile to any form of urban planning that doesn’t leave land use decisions up to the “magic” of the free market. While their reports may get a lot of press, a close reading of most of their rhetoric reveals that it is largely based on a selective use of data, fallacious argumentation and hyperbole.
Randal O'Toole: The Man, The Contrarian
In the wake of his appearance on Capitol Hill, The New York Times delves into what makes Randal O'Toole tick.
Don't Regulate the Suburbs
The Heritage Foundation decries Obama's anti-sprawl policies, claiming that smart growth strategies have only managed to raise housing prices around the country.
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