2019: 2/28 The LULU: A Wider Theory

March 1, 2019

2/28 The LULU: A Wider Theory

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From the early 1980s through the early 1990s, Frank Popper wrote extensively on Locally Unwanted Land Uses or LULUs. These are developments society needs but no one wants nearby. Examples are nuclear power plants, hazardous waste facilities, highways, and low-income housing. Planning routinely solves the seeming riddle they present. LULUs quickly became a common term in planning and later environmental justice. Dr. Popper returns to the topic, revealing big gaps in his past work neither he or nor later researchers and policymakers found. He also shows why LULUs do not offer a complete theory of land use but why a broader theory of them might.

 

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