Latinos are one of the largest and fastest growing social groups in the United States, and their increased presence is profoundly shaping the character of urban, suburban, and rural places. This is a response to these developments and is the first book written for readers seeking to learn about, engage and plan with Latino communities. It considers how placemaking in marginalized communities sheds light on, and can inform, community-building practices of professionals and place dwellers alike.

Diálogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities will help readers better understand the conflicts and challenges inherent in placemaking, and to make effective and sustainable choices for practice in an increasingly multi-ethnic world. The essays explore three aspects of place: the appropriation and territorialization of the built environment, the claiming of rights through collective action, and a sense of belonging through civic participation. The authors illustrate their ideas through case studies and explain the implications of their work for placemaking practice.

A consistent theme about planning and design practice in Latino communities emerges throughout the book: placemaking happens with or without professional planners and designers. All of the essays in Diálogos demonstrate the need to not only imagine, build, and make places with local communities, but also to re-imagine how we practice democracy inclusive of cross-cultural exchange, understanding, and respect. This will require educators, students, and working professionals to incorporate the knowledge and skills of cultural competency into their everyday practices.

chapter |19 pages


Place as Space, Action, and Identity

part I|46 pages

Placemaking: Conflict, Challenge, and Change

chapter 2|14 pages

Planning in the Face of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment

Latino Immigrants and Land use Conflicts in Orange County, California

part II|43 pages

Space: Urban Design and the Built Environment

chapter 4|14 pages

Using Culture as a Competitive Advantage

Attracting Cultural Tourism in Latino Neighborhoods

chapter 5|15 pages

Public Space Attachments in Latino and Immigrant Communities

A Case Study of MacArthur Park

chapter 6|12 pages

Latinos and Incremental Construction

A Case Study of Texas Colonias

part III|44 pages

Action: Collective Organizing and Claimsmaking

chapter 7|13 pages

Placemaking in New York City

From Puerto Rican to Pan-Latino

chapter 8|15 pages

Planning Against Displacement

A Decade of Progressive Community-Based Planning in San Francisco's Mission District

chapter 9|14 pages

Finding a Place Called “Home”

Homemaking as Placemaking for Guatemalan Immigrants in South Florida

part IV|47 pages

Identity: Inclusion, Voice, and Capacity Building

chapter 10|15 pages

Planning For Plausible Futures

The Role of Scenario Planning in Cross-Cultural Deliberation

chapter 11|14 pages

Through the Viewfinder

Using Multimedia Techniques to Engage Latino Youth in Community Planning

chapter 12|16 pages

17Th and South Jackson

Relocating Casa Latina and Navigating Cultural Crossroads in Seattle