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What Are The Human Concerns of City Planning?

Jepranshu Aganivanshi

Physical items, such as land development, Metro Rail and transit problems . . . crowd the agenda. Sure, all these impact on our citizens, but the discussion(s) are mostly technical. There is no looking at the problems of the elderly, changing communities, homeless, employment opportunities--a key to overcoming crime and tensions that grow out of frustration and no job(s). Aren't these concerns for planners, too?

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  • Kevin Van Lierop

    The things are of concern for planners but also a larger number of stakeholders. Where we live the planners take these things into consideration when completing their primary work (planning) but still have a mandate, based on provincial direction, to address very specific things.

    With that said, locally (London, Canada) the planners leading the charge to update our official/master plan have taken steps to look at it more holistically and in plain english. Fingers crossed that it addresses a broader spectrum of things.