Yonkers' Planners Acted Ethically: Its Citizens and Politicians Acted Illegally
Journal of Planning Education and Research
The city of Yonkers violated the Constitution by locating schools and public housing in ways that were prosegregative. Did the city's planners act unethically, using the Davidoff-Krumholz categorical imperative of redistribution as the ethical standard? Possibly yes, but I argue that the imperative is an irrelevant standard for a city's planners and conclude that Yonkers' planners acted ethically. The imperative is valuable as a personal moral reference point and is appropriate for judging the actions of elected and appointed officials. It is inappropriate, however, as a standard for evaluating public servants. Yonkers' planners provided best practice advice to political decision makers. They were ignored.
Hill, Edward W., "Yonkers' Planners Acted Ethically: Its Citizens and Politicians Acted Illegally" (1989). All Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs Publications. 0 1 2 3 25.