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The Problem With the Public Process, Redux:

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In 2007, a former planning commissioner wrote a prequel to Andrés Duany's call to reform the public process. The piece argues that the neverending public process always seems to include only a parade of people we don't recognize as reflections of ourselves. "There is a subculture of people who attend community advisory committee meetings and hearings, just as there are subcultures of participants at poker games, sex clubs, book clubs and AA meetings. We assume that people who join the planning club are better informed about the city's issues and care more about the future of the city. But is that a fair assumption?" [SPUR via Planetizen, previously]