Departmental Papers (City and Regional Planning)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

October 1996


Reprinted from Journal of the American Planning Association, Volume 62, Issue 4, October 1996, pages 442-459.

The author, Dr. Eugenie L. Birch, asserts her right to include this material in ScholarlyCommons@Penn.


Planning in New York, a world city, is complicated, fragmented, layered, and project-oriented. The imperatives of a metropolis often dash with the goals of neighborhoods. The planning commission, working within a highly structured and legalistic environment, promotes compromise, balances the needs of different groups, and mediates conflicts, while ensuring that major projects get built. Case studies of Donald Trump's Riverside South, the United States Tennis Association's National Tennis Center and others illustrate the nature of large city planning. They also give rise to a set of governing principles.



Date Posted: 19 September 2007

This document has been peer reviewed.