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This has been a fun course! I think that my favorite discussion week was the Inclusive Planning week. Equitable growth is really important to me and I hope it remains on everyone's minds. We have to remember to plan for those that are not represented well and understand that their... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2011 at 2011 Mile High Planning Co-op
I attended the Union Station public presentations for to do my planning memo. I can't say I was suprised about anything, but it was an interesting presentation. There are two redevelopment plans of Union Station that are dueling for supremacy. One plan was to turn the second and third floors... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at 2011 Mile High Planning Co-op
I'm excited to get into this subject. All of this will tie into my Hazard Mitigation class that I am also taking this semester. I like the hands on approach that we're taking these next couple of weeks. I'm hopin that this will give us a valuable perspective on disaster... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2011 at 2011 Mile High Planning Co-op
That was an interesting class. I can see how a charrett could be useful, but I can also see how it would be stressful for some people. I'd like to learn more about effective charretts and what kind of people it has brought to the table. It seems like if... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2011 at 2011 Mile High Planning Co-op
My charrette role is a local Food Lion grocery store manager from a successful entrepreneurial family. My store is located in what is seen as a bad neighborhood and I'm looking for the chance to turn the community around by attracting wealthier people with the results of the development. My... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at 2011 Mile High Planning Co-op
Emily Talen is pretty cool! I would really like to look for her books. Equitable growth is one of the areas that I'm most interested in. It's definitely the right time to re-focus the planning profession around equity and smart growth. The video we watched was also intriguing. At some... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2011 at 2011 Mile High Planning Co-op
Hey everybody, This last week was a nice break from the blog. This is getting tougher and tougher to remain motivated about as the weeks move on. Anyway, this subject is exciting to get into. A lot of what I do at work is directly related to this subject. As... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at 2011 Mile High Planning Co-op
That's really interesting Spencer. My mom actually worked for the Annie E. Casey Foundation for about three years or so. I'll have to ask her what she knew about this. Sounds like they took the right steps to make sure that the people were well taken care of. You can't please everyone, but it's refreshing to see that they made the attempt to please as many as possible. From my understanding, Baltimore has a ton of areas that can use assistance like this. I'd definitely like to learn more about it.
After reading our discussion question, things were flying through my mind about what ethical controversies in planning that I have intimate knowledge of. I thought about writing about them, but remembered that this blog is public! So, with that said, I've got to be sensitive of the things that I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at 2011 Mile High Planning Co-op
The part of class that really brought it all together for me was when it was mentioned that advocacy was the fight and the voice of some groups in the 60's. The scene was very different, It's hard to put that in the equation when thinking of advocacy planning for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2011 at 2011 Mile High Planning Co-op
I agree with you Frank. Advocacy planning is definitely not a pointless style of planning. I can definitely see the usefulness of it. As I read your post, I was thinking of commenting exactly something along the lines of what Brad just said. Advocacy planning looks like it can be very good in the right doses. Too much of anything is bad, right? Well, it seems to apply in this circumstance. I do see how it could stymie smart growth however, especially if it is not the popular thing to do in some parts of the country.
Planning as advocacy is an interesting approach. I can definitely see why Davidoff would suggest this model. There is a lot of sense that can be made out of representation of people not versed in planning. As Davidoff concludes, the comprehensive city planner should be acquainted with philosophy, social work,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at 2011 Mile High Planning Co-op
As I started to write this post, I was bored to the point that I could not write anymore. I don't want to summarize class, you all don't want to read it just as bad as I don't want to write it. Consensus building is great right? Blah blah blah...... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2011 at 2011 Mile High Planning Co-op
Altshuler's studies were interesting... The examples of city A and B brought his points together fairly well. City A was too vague for anyone to take seriously. It encouraged no action, and in the end, motivated no one. It seems like the discussion of city A ends there, a quick... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2011 at 2011 Mile High Planning Co-op
I'm really liking this class! I love this blog group, you guys are awesome! Design. Politics. Facilitation. Advocacy. I really enjoyed the modernists discussions that we had at the beginning of class. Our group has it goin' on! Jane Jacobs is pretty damn cool. It's amazing how she climbed up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2011 at 2011 Mile High Planning Co-op
Brad, You have great points! I completely agree that planners need to take the lead but seek out the input of locals, whatever organization or person that may be. I don't think that it should be too hard for a planner to get to know specifics about a community. Of course, to satisfy everyone is essentially impossible, but we should get as many people to the table as possible while educating the best we can about the basics of planning. Leaving it completely to the 'locals' makes a planner's job moot. You just cant leave every portion of the city to the locals or there would be no planning... essentially regressing to an age without planning. I also believe that communities are organic. They can't be thought of as a machine with a 'one size fits all' mentality. Individuality is important to people, it is similarly important to a city for aesthetic reasons. But even without the aesthetic in mind, 'one size fits all' doesn't take into account events that effect economy, not to mention all of the potentially unforeseeable problems. You just can't predict everything, attempting to is the setup of failure.
Reading about Howard, Wright, and Le Corbusier reminded me a lot of science fiction. It was fun to read. It reminded me of the novel, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I read the book when I was little and it made an impression on me. If you're not familiar... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at 2011 Mile High Planning Co-op
That was a cool class! I, also, really enjoyed how class was set up. The Hoover Dam video was a great example of mordernist planning. It was simple and easy to pin as modernist. However, the three gorges dam was much more complex, I enjoyed it much better than the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at 2011 Mile High Planning Co-op
Trevor, Good point about rural lifestyles in relation to sustainability. The excerpt can over simplify the issue. However, the point wasn't to bash all rural living, I am simply referring to the 'average suburban lifestyle'. I lived in the suburbs of Centennial during high school for five years. We were a family of five with five cars to cope with the distances of travel that suburban life presents. Average suburban homes are huge energy hogs. We had a big yard, but there was no food being produced, just grass and landscaping and that takes a lot of unsustainable maintenance. This is the average suburban lifestyle. A farm/ranch is a completely different story. So, suburban lifestyles do not compare to rural farm/ranch lifestyles in many ways. If every Manhattanite were to live like an 'average suburban' it would be less sustainable, unless you want to turn everyone's front yard into a garden... but that's not average and it wasn't the point. Everyone has their own views and goals personally and professionally, I'm not sure that there is a perfect answer for ways around this. For me, I don't think that I could work for a client that wants something that I don't agree with if I were a consultant. But you gotta get paid right? So, hopefully you can find someone that shares your beliefs...
Correction: New York City is more populous than ALL BUT eleven states, but if it were a state, it would rank 51st in per-capita energy use.
Ashley, I really enjoyed the stories about Sao Paolo, those are great examples! I agree completely that the pluralist perspective is the way to go. But, let me play Devil's Advocate for a second and ask you what the best perspective is when it comes to sustainability? For example, suburbs are unsustainable, but what if everyone wanted to live at the same density as the suburbs? Say every one in New York City wanted to live like the ‘typical suburban American’. They would cover the six New England States, New Jersey, and Delaware. What do you do then? Do we continue to plan unsustainable because the majority wants to? An excerpt from a paper I wrote last semester: To many the thought of Manhattan is the most unsustainable place in America, but the fact is that Manhattan is the greenest city area in the entire country! Many people there do their shopping on foot, use public transportation over personal travel, they don’t have lawns to water, and they have smaller residences which result in less energy being used to maintain it (Owen, p. 8). The average Manhattanite consumes gasoline that the country hasn’t matched as a whole since the mid-1920’s. New York City is more populous than eleven states, but if it were a state, it would rank 51st in per-capita energy use. The average New Yorker generates 7.1 metric tons of greenhouse gases annually, which is less than 30 percent of the national average, which is 24.5 metric tons. Owen, D. (2009). Green Metropolis: why living smaller, living closer, and driving less are the keys to sustainability. New York: Penguin.
Ashley, Thanks for the response! It just seems that the 'have not's' get even less of a fair deal in the modernist approach. It allows for too small of a group to make decisions that could be bad for other people. The 'group of modernists' could have good intentions, but it's most likely that the less fortunate groups would have representation. This leaves room for reinforcement of social problems.
Here we are! This is exciting! The readings were interesting, but I must admit, some of the Klosterman lost me. Unfortunately I have not finished the Friedmann readings yet, it has been a very busy weekend. Before we get into the discussion question I'd like to introduce myself and tell... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at 2011 Mile High Planning Co-op
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