Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning Karen Trapenberg Frick, along with Professor Dowell Myers of the University of Southern California, co-authored and co-edited a series of essays in the latest issue of Planning Theory and Practice. This Interface features a collection of seven essays which considers the role of city planning and planners within the contemporary political, social and ecological moment. Although planning values and objectives seek to benefit all members of society, increasing polarization on the political spectrum, bolstered by the new technology such as social media, has made realizing this goal increasingly challenging. Each essay draws on a different case study to contextualize this problem, and proposes solutions to navigate, confront, and mediate these contemporary political challenges.
The essays are:
Karen Trapenberg Frick and Dowell Myers, "Strengthening Planning’s Effectiveness in a HyperPolarized World"
Andy Inch, "Responding to the Conservative Common Sense of Opposition to Planning and Development in England"
Heather Dorries, "The Limits to Negotiation and the Promise of Refusal"
June Manning Thomas, "Planning Contexts in a Hyper-Polarized World"
Willow S. Lung-Amam and Gerardo Francisco Sandoval, "A Right to Sanctuary: Supporting Immigrant Communities in an Era of Extreme Precarity"
Ann W. Foss, "Planning and Climate Change: Opportunities and Challenges in a Politically Contested Environment"
Karen Trapenberg Frick and Dowell Myers, "Speaking with the Middle 40% to Bridge the Political Divide for Mutual Gains in Planning Agreements"
You can read the journal in full here.