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US Planners face heckling, hectoring, abuse and meeting-distruption tactics

09 February 2012

As RTPI goes about its work of myth-busting in the UK - helping planners set the record straight in the face of largely baseless criticism -  spare a thought for planners in the USA. In an unexpected and unprecedented backlash, they are being subjected to heckling, hectoring, abuse and meeting-disruption tactics by activists convinced that planning is a conspiracy to deprive them of their right to build whatever they want, wherever they want, and drive to it in whatever vehicle they choose.

US urban planning blogs -  for example these in Atlantic Cities, PlaceShaker, BetterCities and PressDemocrat-  began to pick up on this last year.  Now the New York Times notes concerted opposition to planning as a concept. Special vitriol is reserved for Agenda 21, and for the 'undemocratic' International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives, an environmental pressure group