Political Implications of Urban Planning (11-15-18)

Urban/regional planning seems to have political ramifications. Researchers from the University of Waterloo determined that “Urban planning decisions from decades past are likely a contributing factor to the rise of right-wing populism. . . . development patterns that led to the reliance on the automobiles may also be fueling political attitudes that favour comfort and convenience and resist sustainable development. . . . In reviewing the data, the researchers found that the increasing use of the automobile heavily influenced land-use decisions and life-style choices. The combination of automobile dependency and continued urban sprawl normalized economic and cultural norms associated with unsustainable suburban living.  It has also led to many suburbanites resisting calls for change that would impact them personally.”  The study detailing these findings. “Enduring Features of the North American Suburb: Built Form, Automobile Orientation, Suburban Culture and Political Mobilization,” was published in Urban Planning Open Access Journal.

“Urban Planning Policy Contributes to Political Polarization.”  2018. Press release, University of Waterloo, https://uwaterloo.ca/news/news/urban-planning-policy-contributes-politic...