Why The Field Of Planning Should Revise Its Goals

The American Planning Association and the planning profession as a whole have lost their way. Constant compromise has led to mediocrity. Now it's time to get re-focused.
May 3, 2004, 7am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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The American Planning Association (APA) and the planning profession have lost their way, writes Konrad Perlman in this week's PLANetizen Op-Ed. "I stopped my APA membership after my term as Vice President of the National Capital Chapter ended years ago. Why? Because APA has become institutionalized inclusiveness. Its primary focus on urbanism and physical planning has disappeared. This changed focus has not resulted in many places the profession can brag about. Mediocre or slightly better results and too many compromises have become accepted as the norm, because that's the 'real world.' "

Thanks to Chris Steins

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Published on Monday, May 3, 2004 in Planetizen
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