Planners Not Wanted

One of the top political bloggers in Colorado expounds against the planning profession. He lays blame for most cities' ills at their feet.

"No profession has done more harm to the American city than urban planners."

"The zoning laws and conditional-use permits that prevent people from offering services to the homeless, the poor and the mentally ill, among others, are the invention of planners and are the stock in trade of the daily work of planners."

"This system has locked in mediocrity, suppressed innovation, and left economically needed but unpopular land uses, like low income housing, without a home."

"It is not coincidence that today's most vibrant cities are the ones established before planners secured a strangle hold on property development."

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Maybe just planners in North

Maybe just planners in North America are guilty of that...

Patrick Foong Chan, PhD
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Email: patrickfoong.chan@gmail.com

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