1st Edition

The Equity Planner Five Tools to Facilitate Economic Development with Just Outcomes

By Jason King Copyright 2024
    340 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    340 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Economic development is intended to benefit everyone in a community; however, in many cases, increased public and private investment can result in the pricing out and displacement of existing residents and businesses. How do we achieve more equitable outcomes?

    The Equity Planner provides a toolkit of practical solutions for planners and all those involved in placemaking to promote thoughtful, inclusive planning. Each chapter of The Equity Planner examines one particular aspect of inequity in the urban planning sphere, covering issues such as identity retention, affordability, and the protection and enhancement of local assets. While each chapter offers practicable solutions to these issues, the "Notes from the Field" sections describe how these same tools have been used (either successfully or unsuccessfully) in projects the author has been involved in, with a particular focus on the local resistance each project encountered. These real-world case studies are used to suggest methods to overcome such resistance, which the reader can then apply to their present initiatives.

    This book is written for urban planners, local activists, social scientists, policymakers, and anyone with an interest in equity planning. This book will be of use to both practicing and training urban planners and architects who seek to add equity planning to their professional repertoire.

    Table of Contents



    1. Drafting Community-Based Visions: Municipal Plans and Redevelopment 
    2. Revitalization That Retains Identity: Redevelopment Agencies and Funding for Redevelopment    
    3. Housing for All: Affordable Housing Policies and Providers
    4. Protecting and Enhancing Local Assets: Business Protection Policies and Workforce Development Investment
    5. Help from Above: Competitive Funding from Federal, State, and Local Sources
    6. How Urban Planning Must Change



    Jason King, AICP, is a city planner who has directed multidisciplinary teams around the United States and the world and served as the prime author on over 200 plans for regions, cities, towns, neighborhoods, corridors, streets, and parks. He is the author of The Climate Planner: Overcoming Pushback Against Local Mitigation and Adaptation Plans (Routledge, 2021).

    The Equity Planner is based on the concept that economic development and neighborhood investment are not synonymous with gentrification, or at least the negative ramifications that can result from it. This is an important distinction to be made. I highly recommend this book.”

    Robert PiatkowskiAICP, Senior Urban Designer, WSP, Jersey City

    The Equity Planner focuses on an issue that is overlooked in mainstream planning but isn’t limited to a single aspect of equity, such as affordable housing. This book provides a more comprehensive approach that touches on culture, identity, and small business development.”

    Ryan M. DarmanieM.C.R.P., Urban Planning & Design Consultant, East Port of Spain