Creating a Culture of Progressive Planning Practice in America's Medium-size Cities.
Abstract: This study of progressive planning practices focuses on three medium-sized U.S. cites in the Northeast and Midwest: Dayton, Ohio, Syracuse, New York, and Worcester, Massachusetts. The five planners interviewed were all motivated by social justice issues and valued social inclusion. Progressivism, however, appeared to be more closely associated with public service motivation than specific ... read moreplanning practices. The clearest articulation of progressivism in practice was the idea that physical space was, and should be, an embodiment of values, not just a compromise of competing interest in the public realm. Leadership, market conditions, and form of government were found to be important influences on municipal planning functions. Organizational structures and decisions tended to reinforce a culture of planning practice that stressed practical responses to weak markets based overwhelmingly on an economic development rationale, as opposed to explicit concerns for equity and social justice.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2015.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Lorlene Hoyt.
Committee: Justin Hollander.
Keywords: Urban planning, Public policy, and Organizational behavior.read less