Urban planners are problem solvers. They find out how housing, transportation, business, and recreational areas can work together to create a successful community. They consult with city officials, developers, and the public during the planning process. This fascinating career can involve restoring historic buildings and conserving natural resources as well as overseeing construction. This book examines the history of urban planning as well as the challenges these resourceful professionals face today. Readers will learn what it takes to prepare for this fascinating and influential career.