Book Review: Advancing Equity Planning Now
“One [way] is to put into place arranged ideas, the other is to deal with a country of people, of flesh and blood, of thousand-and-many miseries… With luck, you won’t have to choose between the two” (João Guimarães Rosa, Grande sertão: veredas). This quote captures the essence of Advancing Equity Planning Now, a book edited by Norman Krumholz and Kathryn Wertheim Hexter. The book contains chapters about equity planning from local, regional, and national perspectives in the U.S., with a view to the future. In Krumholz and Hexter’s words “equity planning tries to provide more choices for those who have few and to redistribute resources, political power, and participation toward lower-income, disadvantaged residents of their cities” (263). Equity planners choose to work with people, and this book, which is organized in three main parts, illustrates some of the challenges and rewards that planners may face by making this choice.
This accepted article is published as Haddad, M. (2020). Review of Advancing Equity Planning Now by Krumholz, N., & Hexter, K. W. (Eds.) Economic Development Quarterly, Feb 1 2020, 34(1), 87-89. doi:/10.1177/0891242419896031 . Posted with permission.