Doing the Just City: Social Impact Assessment and the Planning of Beersheba, Israel

Oren Yiftachel, Rani Mandelbaum

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Abstract

This article documents the making of a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) for Beersheba, Israel, using a modified version of Susan Fainstein’s ‘just city’ vision. Four key dimensions are analyzed: equality, built environment, diversity and democracy. The SIA reveals that the new plan offers positive steps towards narrowing spatial inequalities. However, it overlooks threats of social dislocation as a result of massive development planned for the city. It also ignores the needs of minorities and creates a democratic deficit. SIA is shown to be needed if planning is to face the challenge of the twenty-first century–doing the just city.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-548
Number of pages24
JournalPlanning Theory and Practice
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Beersheba
  • Just city
  • social impact assessment
  • urban democracy
  • urban inequalities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development

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