Is what we really do planning?
Well, seeing the 2002 AICP Exam thread, and a recent conversation I had with my boss brought this question to mind:
How much of what we really do everyday is "planning"?
I'm curious if the people taking the exam who've posted a lot of "that's not a planning question!", and "what's that got to do with planning!" comments were surprised because much of what is called "planning" may not really be planning.
I'm not trying to ask the question, "what is planning".
What I'm trying to ask is, "However you define planning, how much of what you do in your job is planning?"
How much of what you do is administration, or code enforcement, or landscape architecture, or urban design, or politics, or bureaucratic stuff, or whatever?
Do you think the people where you work (city staff, elected officials, the public, and/or the media) call a lot things "planning" that really aren't?
Do you think it a waste of resources to have planners doing non-planning stuff, or can that be beneficial?
Just interested in your thoughts.
Thanks for sharing!