Wrote another book review that was just published in the International Union of Health Promotion and Education Student and Early Career Network (or ISECN for short) newsletter. It is posted below.
Toward the Health City: People, places and the politics of Urban Planning by Jason Corburn
A book review by Daniel Fuller
The second chapters address the relationship between present day city planning processes and public health. The strength of this section is the focus on the process of planning and not the outcome. The question is not the impact of implementing a light rail system but rather the process that lead to implementation. The chapters underscore the potential disparate nature of the health promotion ideals and the practical aspects of city planning. While at the same time offer practical solutions for researchers and community groups who work with city planners.
The final section uses case studies as examples of community participation and healthy urban planning. The first outlines how community involvement along with health city planning perspective lead to the clean up of a large naval shipyard and the creation of a local food system in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood in San Francisco. The second outlines partnerships between the San Francisco public health department and community organizations to re-evaluate the demolition of rent-controlled housing to create market rate condominiums. Of interest community groups defined health places, ‘A health place is one that helps people recover when they are down, and not just those living there, but visitors too.’ The case studies in Toward the Healthy City focus heavily on the benefits of community participation and health impact assessments.
In sum, Toward the Healthy City is of interest to multiple groups of readers for it’s critical overview of the historical relationship between urban planning and public health and community empowerment case studies.”