Critical Planning

31 Oct

The primary reason I am interested in critical geography is its implications for urban planning.  Planning is so deeply intertwined with power structures one almost takes it for granted.

Additionally, urban planners may not have the luxury of remaining in academia indefinitely, but actually work with real policy makers, developers, and citizens on projects in the real world. How are decisions made? How can inequality be fought? In the position of an urban planner, there are many potential points for intervention available.

I believe critical geography/planning background can only improve the planner’s ability to identify opportunities to empower the people who need it most.

I assume (naively, perhaps) that this is why we go into planning in the first place.

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