Go To 2040 is a plan that is being implemented in the Chicago metropolitan area. It was adopted in 2010 in the month of October. The plan is mainly aimed to help the state government to handle the projected additional 2 million residents by the year 2040. It thus ensures that people will have enough homes to live in, the economy will not deteriorate, and unemployment rates will not hike among other things the community requires. The plan has four themes. The first is human capital, and it deals with employment for all people in the area. The second is livable communities, and it emphasizes on having residential places that are safe and comfortable for all individuals. The third is regional mobility, and the fourth is efficient governance. Chapter 8 and 9 of the book, ‘Contemporary Urban Planning’ by John Levy address the goals as well as procedures of inventing such a plan.
Chapter seven of the book, ‘Contemporary Urban Planning’ by John Levy focuses on social issues that planners face in the process of planning. The first social issue he addresses is gender issues. According to Levy, gender is an important social issue that affects planning. Females have lots of opinions in planning. They are also more experienced and concerned about the plans of the city, neighborhood and even their houses as compared to men. According to Levy, females feel like prisoners living in private communities, and developments as the all the houses look the same (Levy, 2013). However, people are not forced to live in these communities as occupancy in such communities is optional. However, in the near future, states have to increase such developments as they are safe, and they will help to cater for rising population growth in the cities. It is thus vital to the urban planning process.
Another social issue addressed is affordable housing. Wealthy people feel the need to live in private and well-protected communities. They advocate for people with low income to live in a different place, not near them. It is an important social issue as planning and development of such residents allow the discrimination of people according to their income level. An example is the Yonkers housing (Levy, 2013). The affordable housing, thus needs to be spread all over and not just in one neighborhood to allow even development and stop discrimination of individuals based on their income.
Levy, John M. (2013). Contemporary Urban Planning. (10th Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall Press.