1st Edition

Planning Cities with Young People and Schools
Forging Justice, Generating Joy

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ISBN 9780367694333
November 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Offering the overlooked but essential viewpoint of young people from low-income communities of color and their public schools, Planning Cities with Young People and Schools offers an urgently needed set of best practice recommendations for urban planners to change the status quo and reimagine the future of our cities for and with young people. Working with more than 10,000 students over two decades from the San Francisco Bay Area, to New York, to Tohoku, Japan, this work produces a wealth of insights on issues ranging from environmental planning, housing, transportation, regional planning, and urban education.

Part I presents a theory of change for planning more equitable, youth-friendly cities by cultivating intergenerational communities of practice where young people work alongside city planners and adult professionals. Part II explores youth engagement in resilience, housing, and transportation planning through an analysis of literature and international examples of engaging children and youth in city planning. Finally, Part III speaks directly to practitioners, scholars, and students alike, presenting "Six Essentials for Planning Just and Joyful Cities" as necessary precursors to effective city planning with and for our most marginalized, children, youth, and public schools.

For academics, policy makers and practitioners, this book raises the importance of education systems and young people as critical to urban planning and the future of our cities.

Table of Contents



List of Figures





Part I: In Theory & Practice

Chapter 1: Introduction: Planning Cities for Justice and Joy

Chapter 2: Theory of Change

Chapter 3: Activating the Theory


Part II: Young Planners in Action

Chapter 4: Spotlight on Resilience 

Chapter 5: Spotlight on Housing 

Chapter 6: Spotlight on Transportation


Part III: Call to Action 

Chapter 7: The Essentials

Chapter 8: Forging Justice and Generating Joy in our Cities

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Deborah L. McKoy is the Founding Director of the UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools and Adjunct Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her research focuses on the intersection of city planning, public education and young people’s experience of place. Deborah has a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Education Policy, M.P.A. from Columbia University, and B.A. from University at Albany.


Amanda Eppley is the Associate Director of the UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools. An experienced public school educator, Amanda’s research interests examine the reciprocal impacts of cities and schools for the social justice potential that emerges at their confluence. She has an M.C.P. from UC Berkeley with a concentration in Environmental Planning and a B.A. in History and Education from Swarthmore College.


Shirl Buss is the Creative Director of the UC Berkeley Center for Cities + Schools. As a designer, planner and educator, she has directed programs, facilitated participatory design projects, and taught K-graduate students in universities, schools, museums and informal settings for over 30 years. She holds an M. Arch. and Ph.D. from UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning.


"From the first word, you realize this book is different. In centering justice and joy as the essential framework for youth engagement in planning cities, Planning Cities With Young People and Schools offers a brilliant and powerful youth-led antidote to business as usual in urban development. Inside are remarkable real-world examples that center the voices, knowledge, and perspectives of young people in our cities, especially students of color, living in low-income communities. An invaluable resource for every planner and community activist."

- Charisma Acey, Professor of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

"Planning Cities With Young People and Schools is a tremendous resource for those who seek to deepen youth engagement in civic life. The book utilizes concrete examples that illustrate how this is being done and show readers why this work is so important. For educators, planners, community activists, and youth workers, this book will be a source of information and inspiration."

- Pedro Noguera, Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education

"Youth deserve to feel a sense of joy, a sense of justice, especially in their cities -- that closest form of democracy to each individual."

- Oakland, Ca Mayor Libby Schaaf