Former Los Angels and Seattle City Planner Dick Platkin and I discuss how cities ignore the reports of their own city planners to the benefit of real estate developers, dealing with the homeless crisis, and the lack of low income affordable housing.
Dick Platkin is a retired Los Angeles city planner with graduate degrees in city planning (University of Washington) and sociology (University of California Los Angeles). Since retiring from the City of Los Angeles, he taught undergraduate classes at University of Southern California and California State University Northridge. He also worked for community groups in Los Angeles as a city planning consultant and writes a weekly on-line Planning Watch column for CityWatchLA. In his column, he draws on his training in sociology and his experience is working in and teaching about urban planning. As a sociologist his interests were political sociology (fascism), racism and nationalism, and urban sociology.