Becoming an Urban Planner : A Guide to Careers in Planning and Urban Design

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This book will answer the question "What does an urban planner do?"Becoming an Urban Planner is a must have career guide for everyone considering or beginning a career in urban planning. Through photographs, drawings, sketches, and in-depth interviews, fifty of today's top planners explain their own career choices and offer advice to tomorrow's planners. The authors include an overview of the profession, education requirements, specialties related to planning, the job search, and the resources a professional planner needs.

Author Biography

Michael Bayer, AICP, is a planner with Environmental Resources Management in Annapolis, Maryland. Before becoming an urban planner, he was a newspaper reporter whose articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Journal Gazette, the Post-Bulletin, as well as Planning magazine.

Nancy Frank, PhD, AICP, is an associate professor and the chair of the department of urban planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Frank has been instrumental in the development of the School for Urban Planning and Architecture (SUPAR), a charter Milwaukee public high school that opened in fall 2007.

Jason Valerius, AICP, is a planner and urban designer for MSA Professional Services, in Madison, Wisconsin. Valerius served for four years as assistant editor of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Planning Association quarterly newsletter (WAPANews).

Table of Contents

About the Authorsp. xi
Prefacep. xii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Becoming an Urban Planner: What Planners Dop. 1
Employment in Planningp. 3
A Young Profession: Planning Emerges in the Late Nineteenth Centuryp. 5
An Age of Idealism in Designp. 6
The Advent of Zoningp. 9
Policy Planning Emerges Simultaneouslyp. 10
Planning and Social Injusticep. 11
Planning in the Late Twentieth Centuryp. 12
Urban Planning is about the Futurep. 13
Urban Planning is about Placep. 14
Urban Planning is about Helping Other People Make Decisionsp. 17
The Planning Processp. 18
Profile: Getting People Involved in the Processp. 19
Buyer Beware: Things You Might Not Like About a Career in Planningp. 23
What Kind of Salary Can a Planner Expect to Make?p. 25
Skills for Becoming an Urban Plannerp. 26
Becoming an Urban Planner: Educationp. 31
What Research Shows About Planners' Educationp. 31
Preparing for a Professional Educationp. 32
Communicating in Wordsp. 42
Communicating through Picturesp. 45
Being Comfortable with Numbersp. 50
Drawing, Planning, and Urban Designp. 54
Picking a College Majorp. 60
And on to Graduate Schoolp. 63
Choosing the Right Graduate Programp. 65
Accreditationp. 69
What's in a Name?p. 70
Theses, Projects, or Other Capstone Requirementsp. 70
Applying to Graduate Schoolp. 70
Financing a Planning Educationp. 73
Planning Curriculum: Knowledge, Skills, and Valuesp. 74
Specializationsp. 78
Dual-Degree Optionsp. 78
Alternative Pathsp. 79
Public Administrationp. 79
Urban Studiesp. 80
Economicsp. 81
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Designp. 81
Civil Engineeringp. 81
Planning Lawp. 82
Profile: Becoming a Land Use Lawyerp. 84
Conclusionp. 85
Becoming an Urban Planner: Experiencep. 87
Informational Interviewsp. 88
Job Shadowingp. 89
Volunteer Experiencep. 90
Internshipsp. 92
Cooperative Educationp. 94
Peace Corps and AmeriCorps VISTAp. 94
Networking to Break the icep. 96
Career Ladders: Moving Ahead From That First Jobp. 97
Planners' Many Pathsp. 99
Many Paths into a Planning Careerp. 99
Profile: Entering the Fieldp. 100
Profile: Using Your Analytic and Creative Talentsp. 102
Profile: Applying a Talent for Mappingp. 104
Who Influenced You?p. 109
Where Do You Want to Work?p. 117
Profile: Becoming a Developerp. 119
Profile: Becoming a Small Town Plannerp. 122
Profile: Establishing a One-Person Planning Firmp. 124
Profile: Making Transitionsp. 127
Planning Timeframesp. 131
Current Planningp. 131
Profile: Enforcing Codes and Reviewing Plansp. 133
Profile: Addressing the Challenges of Long-Range Planningp. 136
Profile: Improving Quality of Life in the Long Termp. 138
Profile: Creating Comprehensive Plansp. 140
At What Geographic Scale Do You Want to Work?p. 144
Profile: Working with Communitiesp. 145
Profile: Bridging Rural and Urban Areasp. 148
Profile: Planning in a Midsized Cityp. 150
Profile: Becoming a Planning Directorp. 153
Profile: Charting Another Path to Planning Directorp. 159
Profile: Merging Regional and Local Planningp. 164
Profile: Planning at the Regional Scalep. 167
Profile: Planning at the State Levelp. 170
Profile: Leading a State Planning Agencyp. 173
Profile: Planning in the Federal Governmentp. 175
Profile: Consulting for the Federal Governmentp. 178
What Planning Topics Interest You?p. 179
Urban Designp. 179
Profile: Designing Placesp. 181
Profile: Using Urban Design to Create Consensusp. 185
Housing Planning and Policyp. 189
Profile: Filling Housing Needsp. 190
Economic Development Planningp. 193
Profile: Planning for Economic Development: Public Sectorp. 195
Profile: Planning for Economic Development: Consultingp. 198
Historic Preservation Planningp. 200
Profile: Protecting, Preserving, and Planning for Historic and Cultural Resourcesp. 202
Community Engagement and Empowermentp. 205
Profile: Engaging Neighborhoodsp. 208
Profile: Listening to Peoplep. 211
Environmental and Natural Resources Planningp. 216
Profile: Advocating for Sustainabilityp. 219
Profile: Specializing in a Holistic Wayp. 221
Geographic Information Systemsp. 222
Profile: Specializing in GISp. 223
Land Use Planning, Law, and Code Enforcementp. 225
Profile: Bridging Technical Disciplinesp. 227
Profile: Specializing in Code Writingp. 231
Profile: Specializing in Land Use Lawp. 232
Profile: Assessing the Economic Impacts of Land Use Decisionsp. 234
Transportation Planningp. 238
Profile: Developing Transportation Modelsp. 239
Profile: Planning for Transitp. 243
Profile: Advocating for Transit and Transportation Improvementsp. 245
Profile: integrating Land Use and Transportationp. 247
Planning For Sustainabilityp. 250
New Urbanismp. 252
Profile: Applying the Principles of New Urbanismp. 253
Profile: Fostering Transit-Oriented Developmentp. 256
Profile: Creating Change and Livable Communitiesp. 260
Profile: Planning for Bicyclists and Pedestriansp. 262
Emerging Specializations in the Era of Sustainabilityp. 263
Profile: Planning for Hazards and Emergenciesp. 264
Profile: Developing Green Communitiesp. 266
Profile: Planning for Sustainable Energyp. 268
Teaching Others to Become Plannersp. 270
Profile: Becoming a Planning Professorp. 271
Profile: Moving from Planner to Professorp. 275
Profile: Being Called to a University Career-With a Practical Slantp. 279
Challenges and Rewardsp. 281
What is the Future of Planning?p. 293
Economic Recession and Planningp. 293
Profile: Coping with Layoffp. 294
Geospatial Technology and Planningp. 295
Profile: Adapting Zoning to the Twenty-first Centuryp. 295
Rediscovering Public Healthp. 296
Profile: Planning Healthy Communitiesp. 297
Carbon, Climate Change, Peak Oil, and Planning for Sustainable Energyp. 300
Planning For Climate Adaptationp. 301
Planning For Climate Mitigationp. 304
A Bright Future for Planningp. 306
Resourcesp. 307
Referencesp. 311
Indexp. 313
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