Massachusetts Association
of Consulting Planners

Getting Emotional about Urban Planning

Monday, December 05, 2016 9:15 PM | Daphne Politis

"In the early 1990s, neighbors in South Sydney, Australia, fought over the plans for a former factory site in a mixed-race neighborhood. A local Aboriginal population wanted the site used for community facilities, including job training. An older white population wanted a park, with a police station....The Block, as the neighborhood is known, became the site of a fierce, racially charged planning dispute. The local government, after first moving to demolish the factory buildings, instead hired “social planning consultant” Wendy Sarkissian who organized months of meetings within the camps, culminating in a “speak-out” where residents bared their feelings to each other..."

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