Archive for April, 2016

Waiting for the Book

April 19, 2016

Readings in Planning Theory, 3rd Edition (Campbell & Fainstein, 2011) is on its way to me. In the meantime, I’ve started Writing Public Policy (Smith, 2005) as it was on a syllabus list for an intro to planning course. As of this moment, I’m on page i of the book.

My first reaction is that this is a good introduction in how to get the “public” involved. Make sure they understand that by showing up and participating they are influencing/creating public policy.

Smith (2005): “Actual processes are messy” (p. vi). Hell, yeah.

I think we’ll end on page 2 tonight. It’s getting late.

Readings: April 2016

April 18, 2016

Perusing Ann Forsyth’s excellent posting about readings for graduate students. Right now I’m reading:

The Planner’s Network Disorientation Guide.

I’m also beginning
Readings in Planning Theory.

Note for today: It’s difficult to google search for “American Planning Association citation style” when APA is the American Psychological Association, also. APA becomes a bit snarled up in the searches. For now, I’m going to assume that APA style is the one to use.

Will He or Won’t He? Masters Degree in Planning.

April 18, 2016

On my list of things to do is “decide whether or no a masters degree in Planning would be useful.” This site will chronicle some of the things I’m doing, books I’m reading, thoughts I’m having, during this process. As I am a mid-career transportation professional well outside the age of a “traditional” master’s candidate, it will also serve as a portfolio of sorts.