Nalyze an urban issue from a planning perspective

I would need someone local in South Florida if possible for this assignment. Please read carefully the instructions. I have no preference on the topic you select, it just needs to sound real. For sources, please use as many as needed.

Learning Outcome: Analyze an urban issue from a planning perspective

Answer any one of the following questions. You will need to provide an explanation of 8 pages (not including references). Use 12 point Times New Roman, double spaced, 1 margins, in APA format (no abstract required).

1. Interview the Chief Planner of any one city. You will first need to develop an interview questionnaire. The questions can be related to: the scope of the planners job, the challenges and opportunities on the job, the interactions with the public, the skills that are most useful on the job (and any other issues pertaining to planning). Provide a reflective writeup on your interview with the planner. Your writeup should be analytical, not simply a description of what the planner said. Relate your interview to existing literature on what planners do. You need to attach your interview notes with the writeup.

2. Go attend a planning meeting. The planning meetings are with planning commissioners or are public meetings for specific projects. These are not the public meetings of the City Council or the Courts. Provide a reflective writeup on the meeting you attended. The writeup should be analytical, critically examining what transpired, and what was absent from the meeting. You should not simply report what you saw in the meeting. Relate your observations to existing literature on what planners do. You need to attach your interview notes with the writeup.

3. Go spend at least an hour in a public park. Be a participant observer during this time (I do not expect you to talk to people; just observe). You will need to observe from a planners perspective. That is, make a note of the following: Is the park underutilized or over utilized? What are the features of the park that make them so? Who comes to the park (e.g. children, women, men, races, etc.)? Which amenities are attractive, and which are not? Are there any nefarious activities (be careful, though)? Provide a reflective writeup on your observations. You should not simply report what you saw in the park; it should be analytical. Relate your observations to existing literature on what planners do. You need to attach your observation notes with the writeup. Note: You should be going to the park specifically for this objective, not as an incidental part of another social outing.

4. Go spend at least an hour in a public street (e.g. five to six blocks of South Beach Ocean Drive, Lincoln Street, Las Olas, etc.). Be a participant observer during this time (I do not expect you to talk to people; just observe). You will need to observe from a planners perspective. That is, make a note of the following: Is the street busy with pedestrians? What are the features of the street that make them so? What is pedestrians relationship to the cars (i.e. are there points of concern)? Who comes to the street (e.g. children, women, men, races, etc.)? Are there any nefarious activities (be careful, though)? Provide a reflective writeup on your observations. You should not simply report what you saw in the public street; it should be analytical. Relate your observations to existing literature on what planners do. You need to attach your observation notes with the writeup. Note: You should be going to the public street specifically for this objective, not as an incidental part of another social outing.

Added on 14.04.2015 11:35
This is not additional instructions but merely clarification of the assignment. I found this from the instructor:

For the essay question that deals with field exercise (interview, attend a planning meeting, or study a public facility (park or street)). Well, here are a few additional pointers:
a. If you choose to interview, please send me a tentative interview questionnaire (5 to 6 questions dealing with planning). You should preferably interview a planner in a leading position, a planning commissioner, or an environmental expert who has routinely dealt with planning issues.
b. If you choose a planning meeting, attend a city or county planning commission meeting, Development Review Committee (DRC) meeting, zoning hearing (or such related meeting). Please attend in person; not online. Get the meeting agenda. Observe how many people are there, who is leading the meeting, what the issues being discussed, who is in power and who is not, who is being listened to, etc. Overall, think if the public meeting really serves the purpose of getting public feedback.
c. If you choose to go to a public space, take a map of the place with you. Mark the areas where you walked. Mark the amenities. Mark the spots with more intense activities (e.g. near coffee shops, exercise facilities, play areas). Observe why people come there (e.g. seating availability, landscape features, building facades, amenities). See if there are any strange activities. For a good reference, see the following two books:
-Ray Oldenburg (1999) The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community
-William Whyte (1980) The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces [There is a youtube video at: