Bridging the Ideological Divide: Addressing Community Bias with 4 Dimensional Planning

APA Missouri Chapter


Wednesday, January 16, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CST

St. Louis, MO, United States

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Biases—every community has them.  In the well-intentioned rush to address critical issues on their doorstep, people often lean on what they know.  Learn from case studies of two communities—Blacksburg and Quincy—on opposite ends of the cultural and ideological spectrums, and how their biases must be overcome to allow for needed 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 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 still needs to know are often equally important

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