Social Justice in Urban Development


Across the world, developers have been investing heavily in urbanexpansion. The intensifying industrialization and the need to housemore people in highly productive areas have led to massiveinfrastructural growth. Social justice is an important considerationin urban planning and expansion. Fairness in the society involves theequal distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges (Harris,2015). The political and environmental practices surrounding theexploitation of land in town settings determine the level of accessto public amenities.

In the current era of market individualization, the choices thatpeople make regarding housing, schooling, and the neighborhoods areunder the influence of unseen forces (Harris, 2015). Planningdetermines the number of people who can inhabit a given area withoutstraining the available public amenities. However, there are manydiscrepancies within neighborhoods regarding the quality of life.Residents of densely populated localities in cities cite poor accessto government services. While it is obvious that few publicfacilities cannot serve a big population at once, the partiesresponsible for urban planning should shoulder the burden.

Secondly, substandard urban blueprints have been associated withheightened crime, drug peddling, underage prostitution, rape, schooldropouts among other vices (Harris, 2015). While some may argue thatthe factors boil down to low wages and unemployment, it is worthnoting that access to public service can revert most of thebehaviors. For example, inadequate legal enforcement institutionsattract drug peddling and general crime. In prime neighborhoods thathave adequate housing, schooling and health services, magnitudesof the social injustices are extremely low

I believe indigent city layouts are the primary causes ofinequalities. The planning departments should develop projectiveurban strategies to accommodate the ever-increasing population. Also,involving all the stakeholders in the public service is imperative toidentify the existing gaps in the neighborhoods and settle forinformed corrective strategies.


Harris, K. E. (2015). Understanding theDisposition of Urban Planning Students toward Social Justice andEquity Themes. SAGE Open,5(3),2158244015607757.