I was wondering what was the difference between working in a Public Planning Department like a City or County, vs working for a Private consulting firm. Also, specifically I wanted to know if the Private firm planners actually go out and inspect the counties and cities that employ them. For instance, one private firm I know of has done GP updates for Humboldt, San Diego, Watsonville, places all around California. Did they actually have to go to those places and live there for a while? I think that would be more inteteresting than working in the Public realm because you are confined to the city or county you work in, which seems boring.