City Planning in America: Between Promise and Despair


This sure-to-be-controversial work examines the failure of city planning in America and the results of that failure as seen in the day-to-day lives of our cities. Hommann contends that, although desperately needed, by and large city planning has no effect on urban development in this country where developers are supreme. For the most part, local planners must deal with a daily fiction regarding their involvement in developmental decisions, a fiction that ultimately drives many into alternate pursuits. After tracing the history of American development and planning, Hommann argues that greed settled this country and continues to control economic and developmental decisions, accompanied in this century by criminal conspiracy. The result is the civic deprivation that debilitates millions of Americans culturally, socially, and economically.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1993