So far, we have considered both redistribution and recognition as goals for planning which seek to promote just diversity by fostering rights to the city. As we have seen, the logics of redistribution and recognition are designed to deal with different kinds of diversity. The former seeks to eradicate the diversity of ‘rich’ and ‘poor’, by reducing or eliminating those forms of urban inequality which are a product of the maldistribution of resources. The latter seeks to accommodate the diversity of group distinctiveness, by attacking those forms of inequality which are a product of failures to recognize the existence of different needs and values. However, the forms of diversity which we have discussed in relation to redistribution and recognition do not exhaust the forms of diversity experienced in city life. Indeed, while these two strategies are concerned with the diverse identities of urban inhabitants (as citizens and group members, respectively), we should not reduce urban inhabitants to these rather fixed identity categories. To do so is both to miss the individual urban inhabitant’s own potential for multiplicity, and to neglect the role of planning in enhancing their opportunities for ‘becoming someone else’ as well as ‘being themselves’.
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