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I was impressed by the meeting I attended. It was the Planning and Community Development (PCD) committee of Highland United Neighbors, Inc. (HUNI). HUNI is one of the more active Registered Neighborhood Organizations of Denver; there are 243 throughout the city. I was impressed because it is a private organization... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
Thrown together, but fairly decent. That's how I feel about my presentation on UNOP and the District 1 plan. In producing our plan, my group really stuck strictly to the definition of policy provided in the assignment. It was difficult, because many of the concepts did not quite fit our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
Utilizing personal narratives to increase resilience hearkens back to the concept of metis. These personal stories provide knowledge gained through hands-on experience, intuitive knowledge, that may be easily missed through academic/professional study. An example that comes to mind is Foxfire Magazine, a rural Georgian high school publication that interviews elders... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
Clear As Mud is certainly an appropriate title to Robert Olshansky's book about the planning process around rebuilding New Orleans. But it does not describe his speaking about the subject. His informal and formal presentations in class yesterday revealed his considerable insight and experience with this process, both in New... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
Having lived in New Orleans during the transition from disaster recovery to community rebuilding (6 months post-Katrina/Rita), this issue hits me hard. Despite my short stay in the city (3 months), I feel a sense of duty to protect the place, because, as Maciej said, "it might as well be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
Well, in keeping with my role as City Council Representative, I had to leave before the charette was completed. But it did seem like an exciting process. I wish I had been there for the design phase, and to hear the actual Lynchburg story. I do think we would have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
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Posted Oct 24, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
I enjoyed Talen's presentation after class last week. None of it was particularly groundbreaking, but her points were well supported by experience and vigor. I also enjoyed the videos presented on socio-linguistics. I hope to have time to watch them in full length. In isolated communities I think language differences... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
Fainstein's ideas about the just city are a strong alternative/improvement over a sole focus on diversity. I would argue her contention that increased diversity comes with decreased economic growth. I think diversity in place and form helps fill niches in the economy. Even if there is a diminishment in growth,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
As our representative to Team Smith in Planning Family Feud, I want to thank you all for your support in our rigorous game show game. I didn't want to be up there at first, but I ended up enjoying it. Winning helped. Planning ethics is such a big field. It... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
I lived in Leadville for two years. For most of that time, revitalization and cleaning up the town were regular topics of discussion, both in city hall and on the streets. The town has been economically depressed since the mid-'80's when the mine closed. Welfare and nearby resort jobs have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
So one of the last big things we talked about was Should you be a planning advocate for a cause you don't believe in? And it got me thinking about how advocacy planning actually could be any one of the four styles Innes & Gruber outline. If you were to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
Please comment with any edits... 1) Who was a leading proponent of the style? As taught in this class: Lerner in Curitiba. Robert Moses to a degree. 2) During what decade(s) did the style emerge? 1960's & 70's 3) What challenges or crises was this planning style a response to?... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
but for whom? Even if unspoken and obliviously, planning envisions a "public" and advocates for what they think is best for them. This can be broken down in terms of Innes & Gruber. A technical/bureaucratic planner's "public" is those created legislative goals. A political planner's "public" is the constituency who... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
Like I said in class, I wish I had a lot more information about what really went on with the Devils Tower consensus: history (both short-term and long), make-up of the significant constituencies (local or non-local climbers, Native American common people or just leaders), explanation of the actual consensus building... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
I was actually impressed to read the outcome at Devil's Tower. I first read the other background pieces on dispute resolution, and felt quite cynical about it all still. The piece by Healy certainly did not help. I found it to be incredibly dense and theoretical. In fact, it seemed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
Well, I still think mostly the same as before. Planning is obviously political. But that manifests differently in different situations. Curitiba and NYC are very different places, with drastically different governance styles. But both, at the times we focused, had very dynamic, powerful planners. Just like any other powerful, charismatic... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
From this week's readings, the main issue I see is this: Do planners work in a political vacume? And if not, should the pretend to? It seems like Altshuler is writing in reaction to the "above-political" planning philosophies that were passed down Howard/Wright/Le Corbusier. To quote Scott: "Every instance of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
I missed class this week. So I'll try to reflect on my personal tutor for this week, the dearly planned city of angels: Los Angeles. Frankly, I know nothing of LA's planning history. It certainly has a large number of planned neighborhood developments, and a very extensively planned highway system,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
The ideas of Howard, Wright and Le Corbusier went far beyond most "physical design solutions." Their work, as stated in the Fishman piece, were intent on completely revamping the social order of the nation, and possibly the world.Their plans were not comperehensive city plans, they were artistic works meant to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
Watching the films on the Hoover and 3 Gorges Dams the other day, their nationalism (former) and supposed (and fake) flood control (latter) failed to convert me to a dam supporter. I understand the need for regulated water supply, and the economic and environmental importance of hydroelectric power. In fact,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
In it’s early approach to public health, planning utilized modernist strategies that fit the issues at hand. Infectious disease threatened the continued existence of cities, and those diseases were rooted in the abysmal living conditions of those cities. In the Lower East Side of Manhattan at the dawn of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2011 at 2011 Planners in Space
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