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I must say I have enjoyed this class and learned a lot about the how's and why's of planning. I have also learned that it is a very complex field with no easy answers. But I am not disuaded from continuing on in the program and will try to incorporate... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
The planning meeting I attended in Westminster did not have very many surprising factors to it. Other than the room being somewhat dark and the planning staff presentation being extremely boring, it was about as I expected. I did have several recommendations that would coresspond to Innes and Booher's ideas... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
Can't believe we only have one more class period until the fall semester is over! I must say its been a very enlightening class and I have enjoyed our blog group discussions and getting to hear everyone's insight on complex planning problems. Although the beginning lecture was a little long,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
"Resilience thinking" as referred to by Brian Walker, is a concept that should take more precedence in the planning profession in the coming decades. Planners do not work in a vacuum, as much as we sometimes wish we did, and we need to recognize the interdependence and complexity of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
I was really impressed by all of the presentations on Wednesday. Although I had a little "presentaion fatigue" by the end of the day, I did enjoy all the different styles and hearing from the different perspectives. I also enjoyed getting to hear about one of the other districts, which... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
Wish we had more time in class to talk with our new groups, that was particularly frustrating. I really enjoyed the blog discussion about rebuilding New Orleans. It was very enlightening and generated great discussion points. I am a little worried about the presentation but I'm sure it will all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
I was really hoping to get to discuss the readings and especially the blog question this week, but unfortunately we spent most of our time getting acquanited with our new groups for the upcoming presentations. Sounds like the project should be interesting and very informative on the UNOP plan as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
Asking why New Orleans should be rebuilt is not that surprising of a question considering the devastating consequences after Hurricane Katrina. Who would ever want something like that to happen again by rebuilding a city below sea level, especially if the levees aren't guaranteed to hold and the mitigating wetlands... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
This week's class was definitely entertaining as well as insightful into the positive and negative aspects of the charrette process. As discussion leader is was difficult at times to guide the dialouge and ensure everyone had an equal voice. I would definitely need more training or a professional facilitator to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
The City of Lynchburg, Virginia is committed to enhancing and maintaining the character and way of life found in its neighborhoods. Known for its relatively low property taxes, unemployment rates, health care costs, and its great selection of top-rated schools and affordable housing, Lynchburg is quickly becoming a top destination... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
Class was entertaining as always, especially the use of the videos. Just wish we had more time in blog groups to discuss some of the readings and iades had about types of diversity and whether it is really a benefit or something to strive for in our developments. Emily Talen's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
Fainstein writes that the "just city" is composed of democracy, equity, diversity, growth, and sustainability. She also notes that "developing an appropriate physical setting for heterogenous urbanity needs political consciousness..." which is a framework yet to be mastered by politicians or planners. Just as planners struggle with providing authentic diversity... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
I would have to say that this week's class was one of the most entertaining and lively we have had yet. The intro/mid-term review was interesting to say the least and props the the discussion leaders and class participants! As always, I wish we had more time to debate some... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
Considering planning projects from multiple ethical perspectives is a necessary although daunting task. Every project or decision during the planning process cannot benefit everyone, but the goal should at least be to attempt it. There will always be winners and losers but the minority groups and the environment should not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
Another interesting and illuminating class session. Wish we had more time in blog groups to discuss questions, but we did cover a lot of advocacy theory. I really enjoyed the end of class round robin and all the interesting points brought up by each group. Definitely some tough questions to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
After reading both articles, it only makes sense to use and have more advocacy, especially for under-represented groups, as a part of the mainstream planning process. But again we have seen the difficulties of initiating such a "radical" concept into the current model. Many groups already resist collaboration and as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
I was really intrguied by the readings this week and felt that the rold of facilitation was an extremely important, yet difficult one for planners. Obviously as many new developments create negative reactions, it is vital that planners have the tools to create collaborative discussions (when appropriate) and to guide... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
I would have to say that the Devil's Tower example is not really representative of a difficult problem to solve. Granted there was contention between the climbers and the American Indians, but there were not a multitude of stakeholders voicing tons of opinions and values as to the National Monument... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
I definitely feel like I am continuing to learn a lot every class. But sometimes I feel like we cover too much in one session and don't have enough time to really get a good discussion going. I think our discussion leaders are doing a great job and we are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
As we have been discussing in class the last few weeks, there are many problems for planners to solve, among them the appropriate planning process and how to incorporate the interests of so many diverse groups. I believe one of the most difficult issues to remedy is that of "comprehensive"... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
I must say I really enjoyed the class discussions as well as the topic "planning as design." I love how all of the videos supplement the readings so well. The "Greening the Ghetto" was so inspirational! It reminded me 100x over why I wanted to go into this profession-opportunities like... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
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Sep 6, 2011
After reading about the utopian cities and ideal societies imagined by Howard, Wright, and Le Corbusier, I do not believe that physical design solutions are inherently flawed. These "planners" believed that "reforming the physical environment can revolutionize the total life of a society" and sought "social solidarity" (Fishman). While there... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
Enjoyed class on wednesday with the combination of lecture, movies, and group discussions. I think the videos did a great job supplementing the reading material and helped give better examples of the two planning models. I think everyone was able to agree on the type of planning used in both... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
This week’s reading on the decline of modernist planning and subsequent rise of the postmodernist/pluralist planning strategies has been extremely interesting, if not slightly confusing. As a novice in the realm of planning, many of the terms and concepts were foreign and took considerable deliberation to fully understand. In my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog