Is the nation's housing market struggling because community planners failed to consider all of the elements that create stability within local markets?

At least one advocacy group believes that is the case.

Advocacy group Smart Growth America said 79% of Americans interviewed by the American Planning Association believe their community could benefit from a strategic plan.   

"Not only do Americans strongly believe community planning is critical to jump starting our nation's economy," said APA chief executive officer Paul Farmer, "but a majority want to be personally involved with community planning efforts, whether they live in an city, suburb, small town, or rural America."

The advocacy group said of those interviewed, many believed that community planners on the local level have a responsibility to create environments that support jobs, safety, schools and water quality.