The Development Of A Urban Planning

763 WordsApr 21, 20164 Pages
Equity can be a hard concept to determine, as there is no hard and fast definition. In the context of urban planning in which there are various factors involved such as housing accessibility and affordability, sustainability, outside influence, transportation and other public services, equity can become even blurrier. Historically, urban planning came about as a way in which towns and cities could plan for natural disasters and naturally occurring events. One such example is the Netherlands in which the Dutch formed “waterboards,” or community groups to plan and build terps to prevent flooding, ultimately benefitting the entire community. Another example of early Urban Planning is Egypt, in which Egyptians were able to build and sustain cities on the Nile River to utilize the water for crops and drinking water. In these instances, urban planning was a response to natural forces combined with the growth of towns and cities, in which everyone benefitted equally from urban planning. As technology advanced and humans gained the ability to live in places that were previously inhospitable or farther away from large urban hubs, urban planning took on a new meaning. We see cities and towns become much more independent and centralized, in that inhabitants find fewer reasons to leave the vicinity. One instance of this is the town of Greenbelt, Maryland planned in 1935 as a community cooperative that would support working families through comfortable and affordable housing, with
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