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Incomplete Streets

Processes, Practices and Possibilities

Edited by Stephen Zavestoski, Julian Agyeman

Routledge – 2015 – 336 pages

Series: Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City series

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The ‘Complete Streets' concept and movement in urban planning and policy has been hailed by many as a revolution that aims to challenge the auto-normative paradigm by reversing the broader effects of an urban form shaped by the logic of keeping automobiles moving. By enabling safe access for all users, Complete Streets promise to make cities more walkable and livable and at the same time more sustainable.

This book problematizes the Complete Streets concept by suggesting that streets should not be thought of as merely physical spaces, but as symbolic and social spaces. When important social and symbolic narratives are missing from the discourse and practice of Complete Streets, what actually results are incomplete streets. The volume questions whether the ways in which complete streets narratives, policies, plans and efforts are envisioned and implemented might be systematically reproducing many of the urban spatial and social inequalities and injustices that have characterized cities for the last century or more. From critiques of a "mobility bias" rooted in the neoliberal foundations of the Complete Streets concept, to concerns about resulting environmental gentrification, the chapters in Incomplete Streets variously call for planning processes that give voice to the historically marginalized and, more broadly, that approach streets as dynamic, fluid and public social places.

This interdisciplinary book is aimed at students, researchers and professionals in the fields of urban geography, environmental studies, urban planning and policy, transportation planning, and urban sociology.


1. Complete Streets. What’s Missing? Stephen Zavestoski and Julian Agyeman 2. Of Love Affairs and Other Stories Peter Norton 3. Moving Beyond Fordism: "Complete Streets" and the Changing Political Economy of Urban Transportation Aaron Golub 4. Urban Spatial Mobility in the Age of Sustainability Themis Chronopoulos 5. The Unbearable Weight of Irresponsibility and the Lightness of Tumbleweeds: Cumulative Irresponsibility in Neoliberal Streetscapes Do J. Lee 6. The Street as Ecology Vikas Mehta 7. Curbing Cruising: Lowriding and the Domestication of Denver’s Northside Sig Langegger 8. Recruiting People Like You: Socioeconomic Sustainability in Minneapolis’s Bicycle Infrastructure Melody Hoffmann 9. "One day, the white people are going to want these houses again": Understanding Gentrification through the North Oakland Farmers Market Josh Cadji and Alison Hope Alkon 10. Reversing Complete Streets Disparities: Portland’s Community Watershed Stewardship Program Erin Goodling and Cameron Herrington 11. Compl(eat)ing the Streets: Legalizing Sidewalk Food Vending in Los Angeles Mark Vallianatos 12. Fixing the City in the Context of Neoliberalism: Institutionalized DIY Lusi Morhayim 13. The Most Complete Street in the World: A Dream Deferred and Co-Opted Anna Livia Brand 14. The Politics of Sustainability: Contested Urban Bikeway Development in Portland, Oregon Thaddeus R. Miller and Amy Lubitow 15. Incomplete Streets, Complete Regions: In Search of an Equitable Scale Karen Chapple 16. Towards an Understanding of Complete Streets: Equity, Justice and Sustainability Stephen Zavestoski and Julian Agyeman

Author Bio

Stephen Zavestoski is Sustainability Director at the College of Arts & Sciences and Co-Chair, Environmental Studies Program, University of San Francisco, USA.

Julian Agyeman is a Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, USA. He is Founding Editor of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability published by Taylor and Francis.

Name: Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices and Possibilities (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: Edited by Stephen Zavestoski, Julian Agyeman. The ‘Complete Streets' concept and movement in urban planning and policy has been hailed by many as a revolution that aims to challenge the auto-normative paradigm by reversing the broader effects of an urban form shaped by the logic...
Categories: Environment & the City, City and Urban Planning, Planning and Sustainability, Transport Planning, Sustainable Development, Environmental Studies, Urban Geography, Planning - Human Geography, Transport Geography, Environmental Policy, Community Planning and Planning Techniques, Sustainability Assessment