At the risk of taking this off topic, there is a much bigger picture to consider here at Cyburbia.
The conservative v. liberal conflict is mirrored nationally in my opinion at APA: the tent really is not open to conservative planners. At least there is no front door for us.
And that's a real problem. Planners are liberal, let's not get wrapped around the axel arguing this. The national APA agenda is a liberal agenda, dominated by increased land use regulation, top down directive, slow/anti-growth-perhaps even anti-business, pro-environmental, and hostile to property rights. Most planners who have joined APA seem to agree at least in part to buy into this. Think back to your masters program and I am sure you can recall those one or two students a little "conservative" and different.
I have written letters to APA, Mr Farmer et/al. regarding whether there is a place in the American Planning Association for a different perspective. Shocker-no response.
So is there room for a more conservative point of view here at Cyburbia? And i personally don't care about the political stuff in the friday afternoon club, I support the president, the war, etc. and am not afraid to defend myself.
Its in the Planning arena and on Planning topics that we have to really keep an open mind and work toward solutions. And that is what we do not do enough of here. We should talk more about whats good development and why and whats bad develoment and why etc...
There was a recent thread regarding the US approaching 300 million people that I and BKm and a few others began some discussion about how to direct this growth. Sorta just stopped.
We spend way too much time posting about songs and sports and politics here and not enough about advancing the profession and quality realistic planning.
That's enough. I gotta work, get more houses approved!
(Dan) Split from another thread, with the permissipn of the the author. I think the subject is worthy of a thread of its own. Please try to keep this thread on-topic and civil, and avoid the Bush-bashing and partisan name-calling