I get the feeling from what's been said in these forums and from the pure lack of anything being said about it at all that Real Estate development is almost a dirty term in planning circles.
Given this, I still hope I can get some useful advice from people about a career in development. I'd eventually like to work for development firms or at least arms of development firms that focus on inner city redevelopment. I'm in St. Louis and we've seen our handful of independent and large commercial developers contribute to the revitalization of the city's core.
I don't want to be planner, the description of the work and the general jaded attitude amongst planners is evidence enough for me that I shouldn't be doing it. I'm also someone that likes to put my effort into something and see a tangible result. I don't want to be the code-monkey that enforces silly regulatory minutiae or gets co-opted by greedy developers who have no concern for community or environment.
I'm going to attend school this fall, part-time in the only planning program in St. Louis that also makes specific emphasis on land transactions. It's at St. Louis University. Am I going the right route for what I want to do or should I go another route?