Planning Suffers From Malaise, Stagnation

Veteran planner Bill Fulton looks back on a quarter-century of planning in California and finds distressingly little energy or spirit.
September 16, 2011, 5am PDT | Josh Stephens
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Fulton writes:

"This year, I'm struck not by how much the conference has changed – it really hasn't, not all that much – but by the passing of time. Maybe it's just me, but there's a kind of a wistfulness this year, a sense of loss. Only a couple of years ago the planning profession in California still seemed robust and energetic, with planners excited about new challenges such as climate change. This year, it feels like there's tentativeness to the entire profession, as planners are continually laid off, planning departments are shut down, and young planners can't find jobs."

Thanks to Josh Stephens

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Published on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 in California Planning & Development Report
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