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Thursday, April 9 • 11:00am - 12:25pm
TH11.00.14 Placing Politics: Making Places or Making Markets?

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This panel presents critical analyses of the politics of value in urban planning practice through a variety of cases. These explore the role of market logics in: cycling advocacy; urban food policy; capital reinvestment in disinvested neighborhoods; the valuation of urban roadway projects; and the redevelopment of a historic neighborhood. The cases all consider the circumstances surrounding the application of market logics in urban planning and examine the implications of this approach. Part of the appeal of market-oriented planning stems from its apparent ability to negotiate through value-neutral mechanisms the diversity that Modernist planning sought to suppress through technical expertise. Market logics, however, impose their own form of singularity and inspire their own forms of opposition. This panel analyzes the variegated politics of market-oriented planning and provides a forum for considering the merits and limitations of its alternatives.

The Branding of an Iconic Experience: the Redevelopment of Coney Island
Juan J. Rivero, Rutgers University; Bloustein School of Planning

Reviving markets or reviving places: The tensions between market logics and critical alternatives in neighborhood reinvestment
Catherine Guimond, San Francisco Art Institute

Yes, In My Front Yard: The Politics of Hyper-Local Agrarian Policies in Los Angeles
Alexander Tarr, University of California Berkeley Department of Geography

Complete Streets, Thriving Corridors: Economic Localism and the Rescaling of Urban Politics
John Stehlin, University of California, Berkeley Department of Geography


Catherine Guimond

San Francisco Art Institute
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John Stehlin

University of California, Berkeley
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Alexander Tarr

PhD Candidate, University of California Berkeley Department of Geography


Thursday April 9, 2015 11:00am - 12:25pm
Oxford (2nd floor)