I'm interested in pursuing graduate work in urban planning, but am not sure which programs would be suitable for me. For the last two years, I've worked as a teacher in a low income neighborhood with the aim of providing children with academic resources that could help improve their lives. However, I realized halfway through my second year that, although education is important, I believe more strongly in improving the place of poverty itself. Many of my students suffered from asthma attacks at night and were technically homeless, so I'd like to study how to improve the quality and stability of low income neighborhoods. I'm hoping to get into a program in New York. Does anyone have information that could help me pinpoint programs I might be interested in? Also, do these programs accept students without planning experience?
Any information and advice would be much appreciated! Thank you!