The purpose of this seminar is to develop an understanding of how town planners across New England help to guide the future prosperity of communities, insure an improved quality of life and protect the environment. It will begin with a discussion of the evolution of planning in New England from the time of the Puritans to the present. It will then explain how planning functions today and why it has taken on significant importance. It will then address the functional areas of the field and how these fields are applied in practice. Finally, the class will reflect on the place and importance of planning in an American political ideological context and for the future.
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