Land development planning is a complex communicative process. The players in the process employ a variety of tools to manage growth and change and to communicate public and private interests related to development alternatives. This paper investigates how the different players in the development process communicate images of development and community through various forms of plans, and how these images reflect an understanding of place in an evolving social context. Building on two case studies of efforts to develop town centers in suburban Philadelphia, this paper explores the use of media, the internet and the range of technologies employed to communicate images of development and the extent to which images communicated during the development process reflect an emerging socio-spatial understanding. The paper investigates the function of plans and planning documents – master plans, development plans, comprehensive plans, etc. – as tools of spatial representations in a relational planning context.
|Keywords:||Planning, Development, Town Center, Communication|
Assistant Professor, Geography & Planning Department, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, USA
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