Spirituality and the Urban Professions: The Paradox at the Heart of Planning

  title={Spirituality and the Urban Professions: The Paradox at the Heart of Planning},
  author={Leonie Sandercock},
  journal={Planning Theory \& Practice},
  pages={65 - 97}
  • L. Sandercock
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Political Science
  • Planning Theory & Practice
When I was a child I was told that there were three things we never discuss in public: politics, religion, and money. As a young adult, groping for meaning in life and for meaningful work, I gravitated to the urban/city-building professions as a way of working for social justice, and found myself talking about nothing but politics and money for the next 25 years, since that’s what most urban conflicts seemed to be about. My first book, in 1975, was tellingly titled Cities for Sale, and… 

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