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Serious (unintentional) social equity consequences
May 23, 2013 Rodney N
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As use of technology increases and becomes more ubiquitous in the world of local government administration, urban planning, and public participation related to master plans, capital improvement prioritization, etc., social equity concerns can only increase, not decrease.

While "traditional" public hearing-type processes do not cater to the digital generation, in the same way the "less wired" older generation's voice is at risk as twenty-something planners make the assumption that "everyone has a smartphone, don't they?"

Unless we are willing to provide all potential participants with wifi and an iPad, the offline methods of public participation need to remain an essential part of any planning process.


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