When strangers become neighbours: Managing cities of difference

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Beginning with Healey’s de® nition of planning as ªmanaging our co-existence in shared spaceº , this article asks what it means to manage our co-existence in cities of difference. The focus on difference is justi® ed by referring to an emerging literature that identi® es the issues and challenges involved in planning for multiple publics. The article elaborates four different ways in which multicultural or polyethnic cities and regions are a challenge to planning systems, policies, practices, and education and identi® es four possible ways of responding to these challenges. One of these responses, political dialogue, becomes the focus of the ® nal section of the article, a case study of a recent con¯ ict in inner Sydney between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal residents over land use. Re¯ ecting on the implications of this case study, a more `therapeutic’ approach to planning practice in certain contexts is recommended, and this is compared with existing models of communicative action

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  • Leonie Sandercock

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