- Whatever happened to planning? City planning used to be a thing – not a perfect thing, but real. It used to exist. There was a time when planners spoke straight, defended the public, changed the world. Being a professional meant standing up for principle not bending over for money, and planning’s first principle was public benefit. Now, by contrast, with everything that you (or at least I) love about this town under threat, the city-making professions are conspicuous by their silence.
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