From Good Intentions to A Critical Pragmatism

John Forester

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195374995
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

From Good Intentions to A Critical Pragmatism


This article analyzes whether urban planners should serve as handmaidens to enable old boys' deal making or act as facilitative leaders to stage power-sensitive, results-oriented public deliberations. It explores how urban planning can communicatively empower or disempower stakeholders, include or exclude issues, recognize or dismiss values and interests, and craft public-serving outcomes or squander public opportunities. The article describes an urban-transportation planning case and considers planning in smaller communities.

Keywords: urban planners; facilitative leaders; public deliberations; urban planning; transportation planning; public opportunities

Article.  9734 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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