A Research Agenda for New Urbanism
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A Research Agenda for New Urbanism

Edited by Emily Talen

New Urbanism, a movement devoted to building walkable, socially diversity cities, has garnered some successes and some failures over the past several decades. A Research Agenda for New Urbanism is a forward-looking book composed of chapters by leading scholars of New Urbanism. Authors focus on multiple topics, including affordability, transportation, social life and retail to highlight the areas of research that are most important for the future of the field. The book summarizes what we know and what we need to know to provide a research agenda that will have the greatest promise and most positive impact on building the best possible human habitat—which is the aim of New Urbanism.
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Chapter 3: DIY urbanism

Donovan Finn and Gordon Douglas


As DIY urbanism loses some of its counter-cultural edge, we need to know if the resulting projects come at the expense of more marginalized groups. To what degree is DIY urbanism implicated in concerns about gentrification and displacement, as opposed to providing political or artistic commentary about these same issues? Planners need to find ways to encourage interventions that work and discourage ones that don’t work without discouraging local knowledge, ideas, and passion. What does a more flexible or nimble local policymaking environment look like, one that is welcoming to informal efforts?

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