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View from the Cordillera

A Commentary on Achieving Excellence in Local Government
Read by Municipal Leaders on 4 Continents
Published by the Cordillera Institute
(Vol. 4, Issue 14)
Should We Plant the Cultural-Planning Seed in the Senior-Government Garden?
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Summary of This Commentary
As a recovering land-use planner, I'm always interested to see the trends that those in this field are pursuing.  The latest is something that they call cultural planning.  This 'movement' is the marriage of 2 special interests who share a common objective — to add cultural planning to the growing stable of careers mandated by senior government and sustained by our tax dollars.  To make that happen, its advocates must still convince our senior governments to climb on the bandwagon.  So, in most jurisdictions, there is still time for your municipality to have a say.  If we think of government as a garden, every government program starts out as a tiny seed.  But, before a seed can be 'planted', there is usually a debate among the 'gardeners' over what this seed will produce.  To see if this latest 'planting' should be encouraged or opposed by local government, we examine what it is, how it entered the limelight, how it has managed to stay on stage, what we can expect to hear — both from its promoters and from its opponents, and, the bottom line, what this seed will produce if planted.

As always, we welcome your comments.

David Barber
Director
Cordillera Institute
(416) 293-9300
CordInst@istar.ca
http://pages.istar.ca/~cordinst/



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