Private Sector Led City Planning
All the land use wonks out there should check out this article from Slate.com:
The author chronicles the decline of America's faith in city planning since the 60's and 70's. He also discusses how private sector actors including real estate developers and non-profits like historic-preservation societies and downtown councils (or chambers of commerce) are increasingly shaping how communities grow and develop.
It is not a long article, but if you don't take the time to read it, this quote pretty much sums it up:
"The important lesson is not that city planning is unimportant but, rather, that urban development should not be implemented by the public sector alone and that in a democracy, a vision of the future city will best emerge from the marketplace."