Building a neighborhood of choice: A neighborhood perspective on citizen participation in Buffalo, NY
Rogalski, Joanna B
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Citizen participation in the planning process has been lauded as a means toward democratic renewal, social reform and more efficient planning. There have been both critical assessments and laudatory articles regarding its practice, but rarely is the citizens' perspective considered. This thesis investigates the extent to which citizens benefit from citizen participation processes undertaken by the planning profession. Scholarly literature will be reviewed to grasp the current rhetoric surrounding citizen participation. The methodology also includes an exploratory case study of the citizen participation process by which the Black Rock-Riverside Good Neighbors' Planning Alliance (GNPA) Neighborhood Plan, titled "Building a Neighborhood of Choice", was prepared for the City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning. By juxtaposing observations made from the case study with the promises made in scholarly literature, this thesis attempts to lessen the gap between the rhetoric and practice of citizen participation.