Thinking Planning and Urbanism by Beth Moore MilroyThinking Planning and Urbanism by Beth Moore Milroy

Thinking Planning and Urbanism

byBeth Moore Milroy

Paperback | January 1, 2010

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When manufacturers and retailers vacate traditional locations, theyleave holes in a city's fabric that signal a shiftingurban-industrial terrain. Who should mend these spaces, and how shouldthey approach the problem?

Thinking Planning and Urbanism meticulously reconstructsthe process of an urban core area redevelopment in order to show howcity planning was involved in the decisions taken. Inspired by TimesSquare, Toronto wanted the Dundas Square area to capture impulse andentertainment spending by tourists and residents. As with similarredevelopments in Europe and the United States, a labyrinth of players,policies, and legislation – conflicting theories, arguments, andambitions – eventually sidelined the public planningfunction.

The usual explanation in these cases is that the influence of moneyand politics superseded the planning process. This book exposes thecracks in planning itself, revealing how its theories – based onthe premise that space is a social construction – do not helppractising planners, who need a broader understanding of urbanism inwhich to find and persuasively argue for creative solutions topostindustrial problems. The findings drawn from this case will bewidely recognized in redevelopment challenges elsewhere and thus willbe extremely useful to students and practitioners of urban design,public administration, municipal law, and urban and regionalplanning.

Beth Moore Milroy, professor emerita, is former director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Title:Thinking Planning and UrbanismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.78 inPublished:January 1, 2010Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774816155

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1 Opening
2 History (with Nik Luka)
3 Regenerating
4 Redeveloping
5 Defending
6 Implementing
7 Closing

Appendix 1 Selected elements of the planning framework
Appendix 2 Chronology
Appendix 3 Basic characteristics of the planning area
Appendix 4 Socioeconomic information about the planning area
Appendix 5 Seven development options, Yonge and Dundas area, December1996
Appendix 6 Financial plan and costing scenarios, Yonge and Dundas area,December 1996
Appendix 7 Issues raised at public meetings and via correspondenceregarding the redevelopment scheme, spring 1997
Appendix 8 Bylaws before the Joint Board
Appendix 9 Decision of the Joint Board: Jurisdiction, conclusions andfindings, decision and conditions, and obiter dicta
Appendix 10 Sample calendar of events at Nathan Phillips Square,January to July 2000