In this first chapter pair, Chapters 2 and 3, we consider redistribution as a social logic of planning that contributes to building a just diversity in urban life by fostering ‘rights to the city’. In our view of a just diversity, very great and increasing differences between rich and poor are the result of unjust structures of distribution and are of significance for planning because they confer better rights to the city on the rich than on the poor. The primary aim of redistribution in planning, then, is to reduce this particular difference. In shining a light on redistribution, our focus is consistent with a long tradition of planning thought and practice, which has sought to position planning as an alternative to the unfettered operation of markets in distributing resources, infrastructure and services in cities.
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