Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

2004

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Planning Theory and Practice

DOI of Published Version

10.1080/1464935042000250221

Abstract

This paper investigates the power of ―"walls" to constrain thought and silence diverse voices of reason within planning. Using die Mauer (The Berlin Wall) as a linking metaphor, this paper juxtaposes mid-1950s planning in a spatially- and ideologically-divided Berlin (Germany) against Harland Bartholomew‘s mid-1950s planning in a racially-divided Louisville, Kentucky (USA). It then juxtaposes the latter against a mid-1950s narrative about efforts to desegregate housing in Louisville. This juxtaposition reveals that some people in Louisville used the Cold War divide between East and West to reinforce the long-standing racial divide between blacks and whites. Moreover, it reveals that, by deferring to Cold War-related racial politics that could not be questioned, Bartholomew‘s technical approach to planning silenced other voices of reason and thereby reflected and reproduced the race-inflected politics of the Cold War divide. The paper concludes by briefly considering what Bartholomew might have done differently in the context and by exploring what this juxtaposition of stories implies for planning in the context of the contemporary ―"war against terrorists."

Keywords

sustainability

Journal Article Version

Author's Original

Published Article/Book Citation

Planning Theory and Practice: 5 (2004), pp. 349-365.

Rights

Copyright © Sage Publishing, 2004. Posted by permission.

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