I'm putting some thought into where to pursue a master's in planning in Canada or the central/northeastern US, and would value any insight anyone here could give.
My broad interests lie in sustainable cities and equity issues in development, and I also want to leave the door open to international ("development") work. I would prefer a hands-on program to a theoretical one.
So far, in terms of US schools, I've heard good things about NYU, Clark, Portland State and Rutgers for community-oriented programs. In Canada, I hear mixed reviews of U of T and UBC, and I'm curious about Dalhousie. I'm looking hard at McGill for its hands-on approach and the opportunity to take courses in French, but I've also heard it focuses more on design than on policy and decision-making processes.
Any thoughts? (Don't worry, I realize I'm cutting it close to the application deadlines--it's just how I work best.)