Planning More Important Than Ever During the Pandemic

The work of planners might seem unimportant during the pandemic, according to this article, but some of the skills and expertise of planning are more important than ever.

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April 9, 2020, 12:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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Joshua Baum writes to reaffirm the role of the planning profession during the coronavirus pandemic, which might be causing planners to doubt the importance of the traditional tasks of the job relativ to the work of controlling the spread of coronavirus and treating the sick. 

For instance, "many of the biggest issues that planners work on have become even more acute during the age of Coronavirus." So, planners are uniquely positioned to help during the pandemic on issues of housing, homelessness, and transportation (for the goods and essential workers we all depend on to survive), according to Baum.


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