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The Idea of HaitiRethinking Crisis and Development$
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Millery Polyné

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816681310

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816681310.001.0001

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Urban Planning and the Rebuilding of Port-au-Prince

Urban Planning and the Rebuilding of Port-au-Prince

(p.165) 8 Urban Planning and the Rebuilding of Port-au-Prince
The Idea of Haiti

Harley F. Etienne

University of Minnesota Press

In an effort to bridge the local and state deliberations scholar Harley Etienne pushes academics and national and international leaders within the world of politics and social service to take seriously the “discipline and practice” of urban planning. Urban planners are critical components to the recovery effort because they “coordinate land use, design policy to achieve long-term goals of urban growth, regeneration and economic development.” Etienne asserts that the relationship between the country’s formal institutions (i.e. legal and educational systems) and Haiti’s “social organization [and] capacity for social service provision” are relegated to secondary or tertiary roles in national planning strategies. Hence, in an effort push the boundaries of the field Etienne emphasizes that a broad, interdisciplinary spectrum of professionals—from law and social work to civil engineers to public policy advocates—engage in a comprehensive and unified dialogue to produce durable urban and rural regeneration and offset popular pressures to “rush” the rebuilding process.

Keywords:   Haiti earthquake, Disaster capitalism, Haitian history, Third World development, Developing world, Haiti crisis, Urban planning, Haiti and NGOs, Spiritual Mapping Movement, US occupation

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