The Importance of Strong Community Planning

Community planning is essential to creating a town or city that residents can enjoy.

It’s true, many cities all over the world have created their own distinctive cultures and vibes by developing naturally over hundreds of years. These communities have had time to develop for changing needs, and to test out different theories against the stressors that tend to act on communities.

This is not the case in most of North America. New communities are rapidly expanding to previously undeveloped areas, and as a result, towns are springing up that aren’t well-designed to serve the people who are living there. Such cities often have hard limits on how successfully they can grow and develop. They have more difficulty than well-planned towns attracting residents, businesses and grant funding from legislators.

It’s hard to overstate the advantages of strong city planning. One of the most difficult things to plan for in cities is traffic pressure. Proper planning looks ahead to these future challenges and ends with cities that are designed for what they can become instead of what’s possible just within the next five to ten years.

Just because a city is already built doesn’t mean that it can’t benefit from strong urban planning. When older areas come up for redevelopment, this is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed, to right the wrongs of the past and to harken a glorious new dawn for our people.

Urban planning is becoming a more popular field for college attendees, and for good reason. It offers decent compensation and a chance to take the war back to the unorderly. If you will no longer tolerate bad traffic congestion, poor zoning and inconsiderate pedestrian pathing, then consider making this choice for yourself. The world could always use more urban planners.

“I worked with Marc in the community group, King Edward Avenue Task Force, which had as one of its principal aims the  removal of  truck traffic from King Edward Avenue in Lowertown”

Angie Todesco
Former  Chair of the King Edward Avenue Task  Force