Ideological Blind Spots: Addressing Bias with 4-Dimensional Planning

APA Missouri Chapter


Thursday, October 25, 2018
11 a.m. - noon CDT

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Every community has biases. In the well-intentioned rush to address critical issues on their doorstep, people often lean on what they know. Learn from case studies from two communities, Blacksburg, Virginia and Quincy, Illinois that are on opposite ends of the cultural and ideological spectrums, and how their biases must be overcome to allow for necessary change. Key takeaways from this session include: * Crafting processes that allow for a sufficiently broad analysis, education, storytelling, and dialogue * The value of having a broad process, rather than one just emphasizes place, economics, or policy * The importance of early interviews and listening sessions in informing subsequent educational components in a planning process * The importance of the planner's role as facilitators and educators -what a community knows and what a community needs to know are equally important.


Matthew Wetli, AICP

Matt is a Principal at Development Strategies, where he pursues his passion for identifying, visualizing, and helping communities act on opportunities to create great places-- with an emphasis on urban redevelopment and new town centers. His focus has been in understanding the economic conditions (i.e., market and financial) and ... Read More

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