I'm currently an English teacher in Japan who has a silly notion to be an urban planner but I wanted to learn more about it than what wikipedia can tell me. My background is in journalism and political science which was founded on a misguided belief that I could make the world a better place. Urban planning appeals to me because it seems like y'all actually have an impact on people and their communities. I'm specifically really interested in the social/community development aspects of urban planning, looking at the needs of the people and addressing community issues. Also since living in Japan I have been interested in how cities here use what little land space they have so effectively. Triangular buildings are not uncommon and their public transportation systems are amazing! Am I totally off-base or do y'all feel like this is a very rewarding career path for someone who is a pragmatic idealist?
Also I was looking at USC's School of Policy, Planning and Development and they offer an MPL program with a concentration in Social and Community Planning which seems up my alley? Any thoughts on this?
Thanks in advance!