Fractured Planning Tales

The fractured state of planning at various levels of government in the U.S. is limiting the potential of good ideas, according to this critique from Next American City.

Columnist Yonah Freemark looks at planning efforts in a number of U.S. cities and shows how competing interests have delayed or even halted progress:

"In the United States that planning authority-which ultimately results in decision-making-is completely decentralized. This means that not only do the states and the federal government plan, but so do municipalities, regional groups, even sometimes neighborhood associations. In some ways, this is a positive reflection of the degree to which Americans cherish their democracy. On the other hand, it diminishes the ability of governments to make coherent and long-lasting decisions about how to invest."

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