The study was on the renewal plans for the Faneuil Hall / Waterfront area, and whether these plans were created effectively, i.e., did they end up being used to build a successful project. The author says they did.
The last sentence of the study, a quote by Kevin Lynch, architect-designer-critic, is something to be considered, by any urban planner, including, as Jay Fitzgerald points out, those looking to rebuild New Orleans.
From A Theory of Good City Form, Kevin Lynch, 1981
A good planning model envisions form, human activities, management, and process of change but … doesn’t prescribe a final or ultimate solution.