What comes to mind when you think of city planning? Do you think of them as meddlers, incompetants, or capable designers of our urban future?
I’ve read a couple of things lately on property rights in the US concerning all sorts of issues from eminent domain, to our national transporation policy, mostly by conservatives.
The conservatives claim that eminent domain, setting aside nature reserves and the very act of restricting property use through zoning violates their 5th (right to own property) and 14th (due process) amendment rights.
Other conservatives claim that they should be able to use and sell their property as they see fit and contribute to the sprawling of our cities.
Do you think that the idea of city planning is liberal in scope? Are any of you conservatives out there in favor of planning?
I think for a lot of people it breaks down on liberal/conservative boundries; or, democratic/republican - but I’d like to see what you Dopers think.
So do you think that many of these arguments are valid, or do city planners look out for the best of the (liberal) public’s interest?