Planning the Green New Deal: Climate Justice and the Politics of Sites and Scales

  title={Planning the Green New Deal: Climate Justice and the Politics of Sites and Scales},
  author={Kian Goh},
  journal={Journal of the American Planning Association},
  pages={188 - 195}
  • Kian Goh
  • Published 24 February 2020
  • Political Science
  • Journal of the American Planning Association
Abstract Climate change and the rise of a grassroots–legislative political–environmental movement in the United States should change how urban planners think and act on spatial change and social justice. After the 2018 U.S. elections, organizing movements and progressive legislators endorsed the Green New Deal. In this Viewpoint I look at the Green New Deal’s potential implications for urban planning. I analyze it in reference to the 1930s’ New Deal inspirations and current climate and urban… Expand
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