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    Books on radical planning? Recommend!

    I'm wondering if people have suggestions on books for radical planning. Here are some key/buzz words: anarchist, decentralized, collective action, housing movements, social movements connected to planning (economic, neighborhood, community), participatory planning models, urban design and race

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    You might want to check out some of the books about advocacy planning by Norman Krumholz, one if its early proponents, such as Making Equity Planning Work.

    The concept of advocacy planning or equity planning is "radical", but your keywords aren't a close match to the concept. Advocacy planning involves taking on the role as an advocate for those parties that can't represent themselves in the planning process. Basically, giving power to the powerless by proxy.
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    Try anything by Chester Hartman...stuff written in the 1960s-70s. Paul Davidoff, Saul Alinsky
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    After the Planners, by Robert Goodman

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    Urban Ecology Australia Website

    Try the Urban Ecology Website - there ideals match a lot of your key words. They also have an interesting links page.

    http://www.urbanecology.org.au/

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    Hello all

    Sorry to reply to a thread this old but I'd like to recommend the works of Colin Ward

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Ward

    I've read a few of his planning related books and essays. He presents a really humane, pragmatic kind of radical planning.

    Welcome, Thinner City: Urban Survival in the 1990's is a good short intro to his views.

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