I'm now trying to decide on which area of planning I want to go into. I'd like to stay in local government but I'd be willing to go to a private firm if it was worth it. I've realized, though, that I don't really know exactly what "Physical Planning" is compared to other types. What are the different sections of planning that most people generally fall into?
Personally, I don't have much use for politics and am more interested in how the city actually takes shape on the ground. I'm guessing this is what physical planning is. I do know that the idea of site plan review and fielding phone calls all day doesn't sound very fun (though we all have to start somewhere). Anything that involves the "big picture" and research into demographics, etc. is what I'm all about.
Based on this, I would like to have some opinions on what may be the best route for me to take in the planning world. Thanks