6 Reasons to Subscribe to a Planning Journal
Based on Popular Mechanics
- Okay, so we don't give you the instructions on how to build a
hollow-core surf board out of scratch lumber. We do, however,
provide you how-to articles that will help you and your community
(or county) tackle planning and government processes and help you
get more "bang for your buck" when you do hire a consultant
to help you specific projects.
- We save you time, at least some of the time. Each
issue includes subject-specific "resource" articles, covering
the broad range of issues facing communities, from stormwater to open
government to building raingardens and community playgrounds.
- It saves trees, incurs no transporation costs, and gets great
gas mileage. Each issue is published in pdf format and delivered
by email (so make sure you include an email address when you place
- Helps keep our writers in coffee and helps them afford something
a bit more comfortable than a dark garret. The TCP writers
are an odd collection of AICP planners, statisticians, public information
and open government specialists, public finance officers, lawyers,
and anyone else we can talk into contributing their time, energy,
and creativity to the effort. This is especially true for the pratical
hands-on articles, designed to be used by citizens, planners, and
elected and appointed officials.
- You can read it without falling asleep in your armchair.
Okay, we are not John Stewart, but we try to find interesting ways
to explain even the most mundane of processes. Our articles are written
in Plain English and include accessible explanations for technical
- Best of all, it helps keep a 145 year old Tuscan Italianate Railroad
Station in paint. Dorsett Publications and The Community Planner
are located in the Historic Cambria Depot (Christiansburg, Virginia).
The building is sided in rough-cut poplar, so it absorbs paint at
an alarming rate and sheds paint four years later. If you are driving
south or north on I-81, stop by the station and we'll give you the
two-bit tour. We have the only corporate offices in the country with
43' long American Chestnut beams.
You can also subscribe by phone (540.382.6431) or by
check through the U.S. mail:
The Community Planner
630 Depot Street NE
Christiansburg, VA 24073