Here's a question I don't think the APA ever asked, nor would I expect a representative to make a presence here to poll us about the content of their flagship publication.
Yesterday, I finally got a chance to read the October 2004 edition of Planning magazine. Let's see what's new ...
Two articles on Oregon ... well, what else is new? I thought "they should just get it over with, and rename the publication "Planning in Portland."
Article three: the struggle planning agencies have to recruit minority planners. Right away, I recalled the racial divide in grad school -- mostly whites and Asians in urban planning, mostly blacks in the more alturistic-oriented urban studies program, and thought "It's because the majority of minority planners I know are working for CDCs and neighborhood organizations!" About two thirds of the way through the article, I finally read:
I wanted to let out a Dean scream; finally, someone else backed my casual observations. It was a good, comprehensive article that I would recommend reading, regardless on your opinions of affirmative action, racially targeted recruiting, and other such topics.Vazquez notes that many minority planners leave city service to join community development corporations or other organizations where they continue to do planning work, but no longer define themselves as members of the profesion.
What else is in there ... project management. Okay, but not really about planning or the built environment; it's about planning administration. "All in the Family" ... father and son planners. Not bad; something of a "real planners" story that was fun to read. "The Competitions Craze" - didn't get a chance to read it yet.
This month, I think Planning magazine earned a B-; some interesting articles that you really wouldn't expect to see in there, but again, too much Oregon, and the project management might be more appropriate for PAS Memo; a good article on its own, but otherwise it seemed a bit out-of-place.
My inquiry to Cyburbians: what kinds of articles do you want to see in Planning magazine? Let's be serious; no talk of co-ed planning student centerfolds. If asked, would YOU write an article for Planning? Maybe I'll direct the folks at the APA to read this article.