Is the Professionalization of Planning a Bad Thing?
In her post on PlanningPool.com, Fergusson describes the story of David Cox, a Raleigh resident who was accused of "practicing engineering without a license" after petitioning his local government to add two traffic signals in his neighborhood in response to an accident where a teenager was killed by a car.
"By accusing people of "practicing engineering without a license" and encouraging citizen groups to hire engineers to express what they already know, it seems that the DOT is promoting a "pay to play" policy. In other words, in order for NORCHOA to have a conversation about traffic lights on the widening road, they have to hire an engineer to do the talking."
"The professionalization of planning takes away from citizens the voice to opine on good urban form," writes Fergusson.