Planning Future Cities

Author(s): Walter Greason, Anthony Pratcher II

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2017

Pages: 224. LSI page count does not change


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The field of Planning History has helped scholars across disciplines illuminate how historical actors dreamed of futures yet to come. The social policies which these visionaries explore have organized the economic development the industrial world. In PLANNING FUTURE CITIES, this classic field of historical literature is made comprehensible to a general audience for the first time.

PLANNING FUTURE CITIES combines the insights of historians, urban planners, architects, and industrial leaders to help students of the metropolitan landscape grapple with the contradictions that characterize the long 20th century. Production in rural agriculture, urban industrialization, global finance, and institutional architecture would undergo structural reform to accommodate demands wrought by women’s suffrage, feminism, civil rights activism, and global governance between 1870 and 2010. Contemporary colleges and universities must produce informed citizens to confront myriad ways which private initiatives, public policy, and democratic engagement intersect to produce prosperous metropolitan regions in the global 21st century.


Section 1 Teaching Planning History

Primary Sources


Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives (excerpts)


Secondary Sources

Greg Hise, “Teaching Planners History”

Angel David Nieves, “Revaluing Places”

Section 2 Neighborhood Triage

Primary Sources

The New Deal, Chicago

The New Deal, Louisiana

Secondary Sources

Brian J. L. Berry, “Urbanization and Counterurbanization”

Sara Wermiel, “A Review of The Birth of City Planning”

L. Owen Kirkpatrick, “Urban Triage, City Systems”

Patrick Cooper-McCann, “The Trap of Triage”

Zelda Bronstein, “Industry and the Smart City”

Section 3 Zoning Exclusion

Secondary Sources

Emily Talen, “Zoning and Diversity”

Larissa Larsen and David Alameddin, “Early Phoenix”

Robert Fishman, “Variety and Choice”

Section 4 Freeways  

Secondary Sources

Jon C. Teaford, “A Review of Twentieth-Century Sprawl”

Walter D. Greason, “Black Suburbia”

Mary Corbin Sies, “Performance of The Suburban Ideal”

Section 5 Federal Sanction

Primary Source

Landscape Architecture

Secondary Sources

Michael Katz, “Existential Problem of Urban Studies”

Stephanie Ryberg-Webster, “Urban Policy in Disguise”

Section 6 Community Control

Primary Sources



Secondary Sources

Julian C. Chambliss, “Beautification and Regional Identity”

Mark Gottdiener, “Critical Urban Studies”

Andrew H. Whittemore, “Requiem for a Growth Machine”


Walter Greason

Dr. Greason's research focuses on the comparative, economic analysis of slavery, industrialization, and suburbanization. He serves as the Treasurer for the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, which is holding its national conference this year in Cleveland, Ohio, from October 26 through 29, 2017. With a variety of co-editors, Dr. Greason has published Planning Future Cities (2017) - an innovative look at architecture, urbanism, and municipal design - as well as The American Economy  (2016) - a provocative examination of race, property, and wealth in the United States since 1750. His scholarly monograph, Suburban Erasure , won the Best Work of Non-Fiction award from the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance in 2014. He also won grants from the Mellon Foundation (2011) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (2016).

His recent online resource, the Racial Violence Syllabus, attracted worldwide attention at the peak of the controversy surrounding the "Unite the Right" rally at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Translated into seven languages, it reached more than 4 million direct users and drove the public debate surrounding the removal of Confederate memorials across the United States in venues as varied as National Public Radio, The Atlantic magazine, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Anthony Pratcher II

Anthony Pratcher II is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Race and Ethnicity at Brown University. He has a joint appointment at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He earned his Ph. D. in from the History Department at the University of Pennsylvania in Summer 2017. He previously taught at Arizona State University and Estrella Mountain Community College. He teaches broadly on topics within American History and Africana Studies and has been published by Southern California Quarterly and Technology and Culture. Additionally, he co-edited a classroom reader published by Kendall-Hunt, titled, Planning Future Cities with Dr. Walter Greason. His dissertation, Community Consumed: Sunbelt Capitalism, A Praxis for Community Control, and the (Dis) Integration of Civic Life in Maryvale, Arizona, focuses on the intersection of urban policy and quotidian life to illuminate relationships between spatial formation and civic identity. His current research focuses on the bonds between race and citizenship in public policy and social practice.

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