Nowadays national and local planning authorities stimulate inclusive strategies in urban regeneration processes. The enquiry is if the new governance agenda includes new deals, programs and urban policy enhancing citizen participation for social and spatial improvement and integration could endure along the legitimization of the dominant global-neo liberal ideology. And therefore how such new urban politics could radicalize the practice of urban planning towards a more egalitarian and integrated urbanization. The research is based on two low-income neighbourhoods, one located in the Randstad (NL), the other one in New York City (US); Tarwewijk (Rotterdam) and Bushwick (Brooklyn) including quantitative and qualitative analysis. The local organizations have been working there in urban renewal and community development projects in the last 30 years.