Importance Of Urban Planning
A Vision for the Communities: Becoming an Urban Planner
University of Maryland, University College
October 13, 2013
As children we were asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. I remember giving the rather un-realistic answer of "superstar" at the time. I struggled with finding a path that suited me for awhile; however now that I am older and have a better understanding of the world, I have the answer to what I want to be, and that is an urban planner. According to the American Planning Association (American Planning Association, 2013), "Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations." This explanation of what I would be doing as an urban planner feels right to me. I would love to help implement effective measures in the community that fosters growth and development. I have researched the technical specifications, pros and cons, and examined whether my goals line up with what is needed of me, and I am certain that I have chosen a much more realistic and fulfilling career.
I wish to become an urban planner because of how the nature of the job is serving the community. I would be getting out there and finding out what people need, and then making a plan to get it done. Some projects cater to schools…