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    Published on 24 Jul 2012 8:00 AM
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    Jazzman writes:

    So this is kind of an interesting thought (or collection of thoughts) that's been going through my mind lately. Can planning be reconciled with libertarian or somewhat libertarian views, or are we all just a bunch of damn Commies? Hear me out -

    First of all, I absolutely do NOT consider myself to be a libertarian. As someone with a planning education, I completely understand why America, in its present, heavily developed and industrialized form, cannot be quite as free as the Founding Fathers might have envisioned - the more urbanized a society gets, the more your actions affect the lives of others, thus the reason why big cities and states that have big cities in them tend to have much bigger, more powerful governments with much more regulation and oversight than places that are more rural in nature or are simply less densely populated.

    However, I certainly believe in personal freedom to the extent reasonably possible, and there are times when I find myself muttering something or another about somebody being a damn Commie because I think they've just taken things too far. ...
    Published on 07 Jun 2012 9:00 AM
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    By Perry Norton FAICP

    Today is the beginning of all future time. Yesterday is past and we can do nothing about it. The present passes by so swiftly that we can scarcely touch it. Only tomorrow is amenable to our plans and our schemes, and so it is for tomorrow that we plan.

    Obvious, right? But even for those of us who call ourselves planners this is difficult to grasp. We still tend to AWAIT tomorrow, to wait to see what will happen. As much as we would like to think of ourselves as PROactive, we are, in fact, mostly REactive. ...
    Published on 10 May 2012 8:00 AM
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    Dan writes:

    There's a common belief among the current generation of planners that planning in the 1950s was focused on transforming the built environment of the country to a suburban form, and finding the most efficient way to move cars around from Point A to Point B. ...
    Published on 13 Feb 2012 8:00 AM
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    Urbane Sprawler writes:

    In my neck of the woods, engineers who questioned the structural design of a school are now being investigated by the state board for failing to notify the board of their concerns. Engineers who sounded alarms about Meeker school face complaints

    As an engineer, I was just wondering about whether the planning profession has had situations of notifying the APA of planning concerns. Certainly this happens on matters of ethics, but what I'm more curious to know about is whether someone's made a case of reporting concerns about someone else's planning vision, design, etc.? Presumably professional planners are required to report other planners who fail to meet the standards of the practice; what examples are there outside of ethics?
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    Published on 08 Feb 2012 8:16 AM
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    Dan writes:

    In an earlier, I described a recently advertised planning director position in the Cleveland area. They want graduate education, experience in specialized areas, and the job involves supervisory and highly technical, specialized work. The listed salary was $30,000. Not a typo; thirty thousand dollars.

    Is this the lowest paid planning job in the US? Excluding planning technicians and interns, what is the lowest paid planning job you have seen advertised recently?
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