It’s a hot day, and you wish your town would hurry up and build that pool everyone keeps talking about. But where should it be built? What land is available? How will people get there? How would building it affect the local wildlife? What do you say to neighbors who worry about noise and traffic? As an urban or regional planner, it would be your job to help the town answer all of these questions -- and many more.
As the nation’s population grows, so do our cities and suburbs. Planners play a key role in managing that growth. They help keep communities safe, livable places and work to improve them.
Urban and regional planners help communities decide on the best use of land. They find places to build homes and businesses, deal with transportation issues, and study the environmental effects of possible projects.
Environmental goals -- such as controlling pollution and preserving wetlands -- keep some planners very busy.
A creative, organized problem solver. Urban and regional planners make decisions that affect a lot of people, so it helps to be a good listener who is willing to hear the ideas of others.
The subway was born in London in 1863.