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Struggling to Embrace Difference in Land-Use Decision Making in Multicultural Communities
Planning, Research & Practice (2005)
  • Stacy A Harwood, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This article discusses planning in cities with rapidly changing and culturally diverse populations by examining three controversial land-use decisions in Orange County, California. Tensions arise as regulations aimed at mitigating nuisances and maintaining property values meet claims of anti-immigrant sentiment, unfair treatment and discriminatory behavior. Such land-use decisions can sometimes reflect underlying fears about difference. Hence, planners must recognize that the information included or excluded from staff reports, the interpretation of codes and the level of assistance provided at the public counter influence the community dialogue about land-use decisions in diverse communities.

  • immigration,
  • anti-immigrant,
  • land-use decisions,
  • urban planning,
  • multicultural,
  • diversity
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Stacy A Harwood. "Struggling to Embrace Difference in Land-Use Decision Making in Multicultural Communities" Planning, Research & Practice Vol. 20 Iss. 4 (2005)
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