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People's Guide To Planning - Bowling Green, KY
Student Researcher: Tara Sorrels
Client: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
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Citizen participation in planning involves no true citizen control. Participatory planning processes falsely assume that all participants have equal power, that all participants are knowledgeable about planning and planning processes, and that the formal planning process is the most effective way or the only way for residents to have a say in what happens in their community. This project focused on bringing planning knowledge to the community by providing a local grassroots organization with a guide to planning in Bowling Green. The guide will be used to build community empowerment around planning issues and to navigate when to use formal or informal methods of participation to improve quality of life.