Edited by Julian Agyeman, Stephen Zavestoski
Routledge – 2014 – 224 pages
Routledge – 2014 – 224 pages
The most prolific and persistent product of the unfolding vision of ‘liveable cities’ and ‘cities for people’ has been the genesis and growth of ‘complete streets;’ a concept and movement that has exploded across the urban planning, transportation planning, environmental policy, sustainable communities, and other scenes.
Incomplete streets is about those where important missing narratives in the complete streets discourse and practice result in streets that are "complete" for some but not others. It applies a critical perspective on the rhetoric and practice of complete streets that goes beyond seeing streets as merely functional spaces for moving people and objects.
Organized around three themes, "People, Places and Streets" focuses on seeing "users" (e.g., pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, transit riders) as people. The section examines how certain people get written out of the history of streets, how urban planning’s historical neglect of race and class dimensions of urban populations might be reproduced in the complete streets movement, and whether truly complete streets have the potential to undo decades of structural inequalities in society.
"Intersections, Systems and Streets" plays with the notion that streets are physical spaces and places where a wide range of physical and symbolic processes and systems intersect. Complete streets are embedded in a range of processes–including economic, transportation, food, cultural and governance processes–that shape society. This section explores how seeing streets as detached from these processes results in the reproduction of historical inequalities literally built into our cities and streets.
"Complete Streets in Practice" provides international case studies of complete streets efforts as ones that fully understand the complex social, cultural, economic, political and other intersections that exist in streets as both spaces and 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. Introduction: Complete Streets, What’s Missing? Part 1: Processes 2.Defining Streets: Complete and Incomplete 3. A Political Economy Approach to the History of Streets 4. The Place of Complete Streets in the Neo-liberal City 5. Democratizing Streets Part 2: Practices 6. Economic Intersections: Complete Streets and Local Economies 7. Bike Lanes and Gentrification 8. Farmers Markets and Gentrification Part 3: Possibilities 9. Complete Streets as a Strategy for Addressing Health Inequalities 10. Planning for Equity in Complete Streets 11. Public Space and Complete Streets: The Possibility of Transcultural Cities Part 4: Conclusion 12. Conclusion: Complete Streets as Evolving Streets
Julian Agyeman is Professor and Chair at the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, US. He is Founding Editor of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability published by Taylor and Francis.
Dr Stephen Zavestoski is Sustainability Director at the College of Arts & Sciences and Co-Chair, Environmental Studies Program, University of San Francisco, US.