Does anyone have this problem?
I work as a planner in rural Florida where office workers are often promoted to the planner 1 positions. Many are both able and inteligent and genuinely concerned about their community. However, and no matter how able, without being exposed to the concepts and ideas of planning they mostly dont really understand what planning is and can be. Their main aim often seems to be to find the most efficient way to facilitate applications for development.
My concerns are twofold:
1: The respect in which the planning profession is held in the area where i work is almost zero.
2: There is nothing to prevent non pro-active planners from assuming advanced planning positions in rural areas.
I believe that the AICP title should only be given to people with planning degrees as done in most other countries. Only this, i believe, may drag our profession up from its present position.