The Minority-Race Planner in the Quest for a Just City

Planning Theory, 7(3): 227-247, 2008

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Social Equity

This article discusses the role of the planner in working towards a just city and points out the unique role of the minority-race planner. It stresses the importance of a planner’s work environment through interviews with minority-race planners from across the U.S., who emphasized their experience serving as advocates and bridges for communities and dealing with colleague pressure, greater accountability, and insecurity. It calls for diversifying the field of planning to create more supportive work environments that can address social equity issues.