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Editorial: Participatory Placemaking

Kalandides, A (2018) Editorial: Participatory Placemaking. Journal of Place Management and Development, 11 (2). pp. 150-151. ISSN 1753-8335

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In the history of urban planning, we have seen regular paradigm shifts that often reflect broader societal developments as much as disciplinary trends and fashions. Few feuds in the discipline have reached the emblematic status that had the one between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs about the future of New York city in the 1960s: Moses, the powerful planner, on the one hand, who believed that only a destruction of the existing structures could lead to better city, and Jacobs, the journalist-turned-activist, on the other, who wanted to protect precisely what the first one sought to extinguish. Jacobs firmly believed that it was the lively streets of her beloved Greenwich Village, the mix of cultures and lifestyles and the animated grittiness of the public space that made cities worth living in. It was the place that people could identify with, the place that gave them a sense of identity and belonging. In short, the sense of place was what made places liveable for local communities. Any intervention in those places would have to be done together with those who inhabit them, defining priorities according to their needs.

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