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Back to School for Planners

Decisions about school construction and renovation have profound implications for towns, cities, and counties nationwide. A look at trends & opportunities, impacts schools have, and the positive role planners and planning commissioners can play.

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Child Care in Our Communities

Sixty percent of working families with children under age five now pay for licensed child care. A look at how communities are responding to the challenge of providing for child care facilities.

Public Buildings Keep Town Centers Alive

Public Buildings Keep Town Centers Alive

Post offices, municipal halls, libraries, courthouses, and other public buildings can play a critical role in keeping downtowns and town centers strong. Conversely, the loss of key public buildings can seriously damage the fabric of downtown.

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Planning Snapshots

To help celebrate the PCJ’s 10th anniversary, we interviewed a number of our subscribers about the most significant planning issues currently facing their communities. The article provides a fascinating glimpse at some of the planning issues facing cities and towns.

Tourists and traffic In Gatlinburg, Tennessee, an entry point to Smoky Mountains National Park.

Gateway Communities

Many people enjoy visiting national parks and other scenic attractions. A growing number have also decided to pack up and move to the small cities and towns close to these special places.

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Should You Run?

Have you considered running for office after finishing your service as a planning commissioner or zoning board member? Otis White, consultant to local governments and corporations on community involvement and civic leadership, explores what questions to ask yourself before you decide to run.

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Working With Planning Consultants

In part I, Greg Dale outlines ten key elements to successfully getting started on a project that will involve consultants; part II examines how RFQs can be used in finding planning consultants; and part III focuses on steps planning departments can take to ensure a good working relationship with consultants.