Talking Headways Podcast: Critiquing the Language of Planners

This week, Robin Rather of Collective Strength joins the podcast to talk about missteps in the planning profession — including how things go wrong with language. Robin shares how she got to thinking about urban issues and why she believes current planning practice is stuck in the 1990s. We discuss the often jargon-filled language the profession uses, taking a paragraph from Austin’s current zoning code rewrite to illustrate.

  • Casimira Younger

    Robin brings up an interesting point that I wish she expanded on — the fact that density doesn’t always solve the problem affordability in cities. This doesn’t have economic sense to me and I wish she would have elaborated. If adding housing doesn’t solve affordability crisis, what DOES? Any literature I can read up on this?

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