from urban planning course with Alexander Garvin
communities change. by themselves. think bottom up. utupian top down planning often fails.
think of neighborhood as a ‘market’. analyze trends. income, house sizes, family sizes, age, how long they live there, ethnicity.
how do you know when public action will sustain private reaction?
usually neighborhoods change because of :
- location. new areas become more popular. suburbs
- design. functional obsolescence. new needs
- market. change in population, tastes
- finance. costs escalate, prices do not (regulation)
neighborhoods coming back:
who takes the lead?
- regulation: re-zoning promotes entrepreneurship
- incentives: tax
- investments in public realm. does not always work
- complete clearing ‘stuvysant town‘ and le corbusier vision as part of the modernist movement.