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Planning, Design and Managing Change in Urban Waterfront Redevelopment

David L. A. Gordon
The Town Planning Review
Vol. 67, No. 3 (Jul., 1996), pp. 261-290
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40113388
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Planning, Design and Managing Change in Urban Waterfront Redevelopment
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Abstract

Planning issues for urban waterfront Redevelopment projects are examined in this paper, based upon case studies in New York, London, Boston and Toronto. The research programme was based upon over 100 interviews with key actors in the four cities. The paper is oriented towards practical problems in the implementation of planning. It generally considers the perspective of the redevelopment agency to consider waterfront planning and development techniques. The specific issues which are addressed include changing the waterfront's image, improving accessibility and controlling the quality of the physical environment. An incremental approach to implementation is recommended, with emphasis upon controlling the quality of the public realm and the role of urban design guidelines to guide private development.

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