Some other has represented the urban landscape as being too masculine as compared to the women’s fear and vulnerability in outdoor urban spaces (Matrix, 1984). With the change of these normative standards, and with more equality and equity in gendered practices of town planning, planning practices have changed. These changes have started with the urban centre more than the rural life as the urban life can provide for more emancipator opportunities than the rural life (Wekerle, 1984). Women writers have discussed the need for such emancipatory forms as Wilson (1991) writes,
The analysis of the feminist perspective as involved with urban planning has not received much attention except as seen in the literature debates. The literature debates that have been conducted shows that reality has indeed moved forwarded. Gentrified neighbourhoods are on the rise and there are elements included in these neighbourhoods that make them more suited to women. Bondi (1998) argues that the evidence that is presented in research does not not itself make the urban environment planning and feminist perspective more visible. There are prvieleged classes that need more security or property divisions. These needs not necessarily be the acts of the emancipator female as the author states
“I am uncertain of the extent to which it is possible to generalize from these three Edinburgh neighborhoods. However, as I have indicated, in each case, the form of the built environment appears to be typical in a particular sense” (Bondi, 1998, p. 180).
The feminist perspective can give planners and theorists ways to understand how policy could be structured to help gentrification. Gentrification is a planner’s answer to meet the needs of the modern women. The design and more that are already present in more contemporary times, removed from the times Bondi (1998) wrote the research paper supports this significance of the feminist perspective.
This essay has critically reviewed two perspectives in planning theory, the sustainable urban perspective and the feminist perspective. Both have contributed to the development of planning policy and practice. Both perspectives have elements of commonality and yet are different in the contexts of application. While the first theory is more widely advocated, the other is more subtly recognized as planning changes to accommodate the equal opportunity woman. Both the theories have an impact on contemporary policy, housing and structure.