Urban Planning Models

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Talen has been trying hard to build them a theory and has written many articles and books on the subject. But their lack of theory leads to a malleability within New Urbanism, that helps suspend their stated principles of diversity and affordability when they are not feasible, and perpetuates a dogma about the effects of the built environment. Similar to urban planners of the past new urbanist believe in their own expertise. June Thomas writes about the failures of different urban planning models to include justice but still believes in their intentions and role in building the best community. Thomas (2005) writes, about the tenacity of urban planners. She states, in spite of false steps and inadequate tools, in spite of political turmoil and social upheaval, local efforts continued. At no time during this half century did such efforts stop, although sometimes they slowed and became practically invisible. Someone was always trying to plan and develop a better city, and someone always will, for the foreseeable future (Thomas, 2005: 221) Even as Thomas writes about the failures of urban planning to act justly in a racist society she still centers the role of professionals to create a better city. It may be true that urban planning will always seek to build a better place for people to live. However, the real question is who will that city be for and whose interests will it serve. Holston (1998) writes that urban planning has always been for those who fit neatly into the
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