Sorting Out The Jargon of Planning

So what exactly is "sustainability"? Well, then, how about "civic engagement"? "smart growth”? Bill Barnes of the National League of Cities says that planning is overrun by verbiage with vague definitions, to the detriment of the process.

"What are the consequences of this vagueness and multiplicity of meanings?" writes Barnes.

"One is that conversation is rendered meaningless; we all merely talk to ourselves. So, everyone can be enthusiastic about 'sustainability,' and everyone is dissatisfied with the action that ensues because it's not what they meant."

"Civic engagement" is another term Barnes says is too loosey-goosey, as well as "smart growth".

Thanks to Bill Barnes

Full Story: We Don't know What We're Talking About

Comments

Comments

Michael Lewyn's picture
Blogger

Not to mention...

The American Dream
mobility
accessibility
growth

...any other suggestions?

Level of Service

Level of Service

Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

New! 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs just released.
Starting at $24.95

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $209
Woman wearing city map tote bag

City Shoulder Totes - New Cities Added!

Durable CityFabric© shoulder tote bags available from 7 different cities.
$22.00
T-shirt with map of Chicago

Show your city pride

Men's Ultrasoft CityFabric© tees. Six cities available.
$23.00