Accommodating Increased Demands for Public Participation in Urban Renewal Decisionmaking.

by Garry D. Brewer


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A proposed method for increasing public participation in decisions on urban renewal projects. (1) Define the geographic area to be renewed, the number and identity of its inhabitants, and the condition of its buildings. Survey the opinions of affected citizens on the proposed renewal project. Interview concerned policymakers and experts (e.g., city planners, land developers, scholars) to determine their preferences for land use. (2) Specify and build concrete models of each plausible use for the renewal site, and determine the costs, constraints, and effects of each. After eliminating infeasible options, write scenarios describing how to achieve each remaining option, then elicit public and official reactions to each scenario. (3) After one option is finally chosen, collect detailed information on contractual and fiscal matters, relocation plans and schedules, construction time, and all plans affecting residents of the area. (4) Continually compare the planned schedule with actual progress and correct problems. 5 pp.

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