The previous chapters have taken readers on a journey through different types of deliberate place-management and development work, which I have identified as the core action arena of the ‘planning project’. This project, as I have presented it, approaches such work with the ambition of improving liveability and sustainability, and in creating places that have enriched the public realm of urban life. Through the chapters, I have tried to show how such activities are accomplished. The cases, selected because they were later judged as valuable places that made significant contributions to people’s quality of life, highlight the challenges that those involved in such work faced, and the skills and moral commitments they brought to the work. They also show that place-governance with a planning orientation involves a complex mixture of political activity, of technical expertise and moral sensibility. It is political in the sense that such work arises from the challenges of living with diverse neighbours in urban environments and deals with collective concerns about place qualities and relationships arising within a political community. It is political in another sense, in that political communities have to decide how to go about such management.
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