Reading the blog post highlighted here, Teaching Urban Planning in Kabul, I am reminded that the environment for urban or town planning in Bermuda really, in the general scheme of these things, is quite reasonable.
Today I mulled over interpretations of subdivision legislation without appreciating that at least we have property rights and planning law. I listened to an architect understandably frustrated with aspects of Conservation Services' minutia (at an indescribable level) not realising having the ability to consult was probably a luxury.
Even my nascent project (more about that much later), which will go some way towards answering the question posed here - what can planners do? - is made easier by having a framework of functioning government departments, a healthy group environmental activists and an active creative community.
Anyway, read this short article by Pietro Calogero (I will post part 2 when the next installment is available) and be humbled by the challenge.