Three examples of redistributive approaches to planning cities will be presented in this chapter. The first, urban renewal, has sought to increase the public good in cities by improving living conditions in areas of poor housing. Insofar as it envisages its beneficiaries as citizens of particular disadvantage, urban renewal policy and practice does not designate these citizens in other terms. So, it is treated here as redistribution qua redistribution. Issues of group recognition and encounter are raised from time to time in circumstances of urban renewal, but the connection of recognition and encounter to redistribution is explored more explicitly in the chapter’s other examples. The second example, local child care planning, seeks to redistribute advantage towards those requiring an accessible service in order to return to the workforce. It is redistributive planning directed particularly at women, recognizing their need for accessible child care if they are to discharge their caring obligations effectively whilst working in the paid labour force. So this second example of redistributive planning is one that combines its redistributive aim with that of recognizing the needs of a particular group (women working in the paid labour force).
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