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