Are Urban Planners Are Stuck In The Past?

While planners claim that protecting traditional retail centres will maintain vibrant local communities, places do not create communities -- people do.

"The reports and planning documents that regulators use to justify their protection of mainstreet retailing centres and their opposition to "big box retail" and shopping malls claim consistently that protecting "the traditional retail centres" will maintain, or even restore, "vibrant local communities".This is a seductive claim. Sadly it is wrong. Places do not create communities. Communities create places. "

Thanks to Murray Cameron

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