Jay Fitzgerald of the Herald posted a blog entry recently about Boston’s urban renewal plans of the 1960s.  He makes mention of an MIT paper on design and planning (warning, PDF file).

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.

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