Sample Topic: Analysis of planning issues


 

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Analysis of Planning issues – Chinatown

Water
Urban growth and suburbanization
Politics in planning
Transportation, particularly emergence of private auto use

Smart growth and sustainable growth
How to preserve farm land
Service facilities for suburban towns
Emergence of suburban neighborhoods


 

Analysis of Planning issues – Chinatown

Robert Towne in his movie, Chinatown, has tried to bring out an exemplary idea of planning issues affecting most of the urban areas in today’s world. The people who were expected to be active planners in the city eventually leave the town in a worse state than they found it. First, it is the water crisis where by the water supply of the whole town is controlled by one politically significant individual. As a result of this, only a fraction of the whole community is able to access clean water. The people in control direct it wherever they want it to flow to which in this situation is their farmlands. Proper design of urban centers requires that the essential resources such as water be distributed to every household fairly and this is not the case in Chinatown.


 

Analysis of Planning issues – Chinatown

Robert Towne in his movie, Chinatown, has tried to bring out an exemplary idea of planning issues affecting most of the urban areas in today’s world. The people who were expected to be active planners in the city eventually leave the town in a worse state than they found it. First, it is the water crisis where by the water supply of the whole town is controlled by one politically significant individual. As a result of this, only a fraction of the whole community is able to access clean water. The people in control direct it wherever they want it to flow to which in this situation is their farmlands. Proper design of urban centers requires that the essential resources such as water be distributed to every household fairly and this is not the case in Chinatown.


 

The planners in this town are not able to balance between their individual needs and the growth needs of the town. Being the prospective people in the area the growth and development of this town depends on them entirely. But, what happens is the exact opposite of the general expectations. These people move out of the suburb after they have invested in their personal projects such as farmlands. The rest of the inhabitants remain in grave poverty in an area that has a lot of unutilized potential. Owing to this growth of the urban town remains retarded indefinitely. The main reason behind the poor planning decisions is the incorporation of politics in the planning. Politicians especially in those days were dictatorial individuals who would only engage in activities that favor them. They were also in control of all the resources, and this explains the ordeal of the Chinatown.


One of the characteristics of poorly planned and developed urban centers is poor transport system. In Chinatown for example, private vehicle only belongs to the few tycoons in the town. The other people are forced to use public means which is unique, in the first place hence they end up walking in foot for long distances. It is not that these people are unable to afford the private vehicles. Only that they are not given the chance to develop themselves to the point of acquiring a decent living. The type of growth experienced in this area according to this movie is the short term growth that cannot be sustained. This is because it is focused on a small section of the area and any growth plans brought forth are expected to only benefit the already rich individuals. This is why the town is left desolate the moment these people decide to leave.


 

Farming is one of the activities that could benefit Chinatown a great deal if done in the correct manner. However, the planners severe the entire community and directs the main source of water to their farmlands. These farmlands are doing fine, but they are not able to provide food to the whole community. As good planners, they would have distributed the water to the whole region and encourage people to use the water for agricultural purposes. This is the best and sustainable method of preserving the farmland. Otherwise, these farmlands would eventually disappear despite the fact that they had been developed at the expense of the entire community.


Chinatown is a perfect example of the emergence of suburban towns. These are the towns which are made up of residential houses most of which are low class residence. These towns are usually overcrowded with people looking for cheap housing and hence the facilities are usually strained. This includes service facilities such as banking services and transport facilities. The development of a suburban most of the times eventually affects the neighborhood owing to the swelling population in to these areas. There is a chance that this population might spill into the neighborhoods. There is therefore, a high chance that the suburb might extend and replace the communities around. This is the trend being experienced in most of the underdeveloped towns whereby developers put up cheap housing structures that attract many people.


The planners in this town are not able to balance between their individual needs and the growth needs of the town. Being the prospective people in the area the growth and development of this town depends on them entirely. But, what happens is the exact opposite of the general expectations. These people move out of the suburb after they have invested in their personal projects such as farmlands. The rest of the inhabitants remain in grave poverty in an area that has a lot of un-utilized potential. Owing to this growth of the urban town remains retarded indefinitely. The main reason behind the poor planning decisions is the incorporation of politics in the planning. Politicians especially in those days were dictatorial individuals who would only engage in activities that favor them. They were also in control of all the resources, and this explains the ordeal of the Chinatown.


One of the characteristics of poorly planned and developed urban centers is poor transport system. In Chinatown for example, private vehicle only belongs to the few tycoons in the town. The other people are forced to use public means which is unique, in the first place hence they end up walking in foot for long distances. It is not that these people are unable to afford the private vehicles. Only that they are not given the chance to develop themselves to the point of acquiring a decent living. The type of growth experienced in this area according to this movie is the short term growth that cannot be sustained. This is because it is focused on a small section of the area and any growth plans brought forth are expected to only benefit the already rich individuals. This is why the town is left desolate the moment these people decide to leave.


 

Farming is one of the activities that could benefit Chinatown a great deal if done in the correct manner. However, the planners severe the entire community and directs the main source of water to their farmlands. These farmlands are doing fine, but they are not able to provide food to the whole community. As good planners, they would have distributed the water to the whole region and encourage people to use the water for agricultural purposes. This is the best and sustainable method of preserving the farmland. Otherwise, these farmlands would eventually disappear despite the fact that they had been developed at the expense of the entire community.


 

Chinatown is a perfect example of the emergence of suburban towns. These are the towns which are made up of residential houses most of which are low class residence. These towns are usually overcrowded with people looking for cheap housing and hence the facilities are usually strained. This includes service facilities such as banking services and transport facilities. The development of a suburban most of the times eventually affects the neighborhood owing to the swelling population in to these areas. There is a chance that this population might spill into the neighborhoods. There is therefore, a high chance that the suburb might extend and replace the communities around. This is the trend being experienced in most of the underdeveloped towns whereby developers put up cheap housing structures that attract many people.

 

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