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It was nice getting to know this little group fairly well during the class--it helped make a big class a little more interactive and participatory. While sometimes the blog discussions went astray, the group always managed to pull it together and share some really interesting perspectives. I suppose we will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
The planning meeting I attended was a "Stakeholder" meeting (third one) for a new Transit Oriented Development in South Stapleton. Community Planning and Development are working with RTD and Forest City (et al) to create a classic New Urbanist TOD/mixed use station for the new commuter rail station. The station... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
I like thinking that the various members of our blog group will go out armed with all this institutional knowledge--and hopefully a moral compass--that can be applied to planning projects of all kinds. One blog group member is primed to work in Brazil, another on forest conservation projects and a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
This blog question made me think of an example that is very close to home—my little community of Stapleton. I am intrigued with the idea that this planned neighborhood could be considered at “complex adaptive system” that is integrated into a larger whole, but yet “self organizing” and adaptive similar... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
If so, I would like to reflect on how much I hate public speaking. via In all seriousness, I thought the Katrina presentation exercise was a good one. My immediate reaction was that some of the presentations were really pro-ball and some of the speakers were real naturals. I... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 18, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
If so, I would like to reflect on how much I hate public speaking. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
This short blog by Witold Rybcznski caught my eye on Planetizen: It laments that Charleston is in danger of becoming a "Playground City" like New Orleans. I had not heard New Orleans described as such and having never been there, I wonder about the extent of that problem. Perhaps... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
I admit, that the reason I ever started thinking about a degree in planning was because of the earthquake in Haiti. I couldn't help but suffer thinking of how I couldn't help (other than a token check to Medecins Sans Frontieres) and wonder who was helping the Haitian people re-build... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
You say it loud and clear, and I agree completely--New Orleans is a symbol. It is one of the great American cities, despite the decline, despite the poverty. To abandon this City when we save others sends a signal (one that I am sure is okay with some libertarian types) that we as a society give up on those that don't/cant pull themselves up and/or measure up. It is like the reality game "Survivor" on the scale of an entire city and region. The physical challenges of the sunken city may never be perfected and hurricane-proofed, but good planning and better political process could certainly help these issues. I am not opposed to spending monty and making the city safer and more viable for those who choose to remain--that is the least we can do. New Orleans may naturally reduce its size and stature because of the ongoing hurricane risk and ongoing infrastructure issues, but to give up on a symbolic, creative city, is immoral.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2011 on Rebuilding Imperative at 2011 A+ Number One Team
It is a fair question. Some speculate that the amount of money that might be spent on reconstructing the levees and salvaging destroyed neighborhoods, each family in the flooded areas could be sent a check for $200,000. That is a life-changing amount of money for many of us, let alone... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
The Charette exercise was pretty interesting. I think most of us got "into character" and come to agreement about some basic goals for that piece of property, but where it all fell apart was when we got to the specifics on how to achieve that. (Should there be a frontage... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
Dear sir, As the As the Community Services Director for the Greater Lynchburg Habitat for Humanity (GLHFH) I too would like to push for this slice of developable land to be converted to affordable housing projects. We at Habitat believe wholeheartedly that the City should commit to an ample supply of affordable housing that can be offered to qualified community members for ownership, not just rental apartments which are an eyesore, dangerous and give tenants no pride of place. We have already developed two successful areas called Bright Star Court and Jubilee Court and they are connected by a Community facility which provides athletic and educational services to the members of these HFH subdivisions. Habitat for Humanity families are less likely to default on their loans than the general population (which stablizes the neighborhood) and the community center has provided job training, family assistance and turoring for the children, which adds value to their lives and the City of Lynchburg overall. Please know that we are working hard with the City to obtain these parcels for future HFH projects and we hope you will apply to become one of our HFH volunteers and eventually an HFH homeowner!
As the Community Services Director for the Greater Lynchburg Habitat for Humanity, I am happy to see that this plot of land may be slated for development of a new affordable housing communityand I hope the City will consider this parcel for donation or sale to the Greater Lynchburg chapter... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
Did you guys get our charette assignments yet? I haven't and this is the only time I have to study between now and then. If you got a list, could one of you send it to me? Kendall Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
Oh come on, this isn't Facebook.
First the link: Miriam, this made me think of you: Then the Reflection--I can't help but reflect and share my own thoughts on new urbanism and "planning for diversity" because I live in Stapleton, a new urbanist design by Peter Calthorpe and Forest City. I NEVER EVER thought I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
You bring up a similar point I made in my blog--though state it differently when you "explicit and implicit" differences in residents needing to be addressed. I believe as planners it is our duty to clearly explain our motives and tools that are used in community planning, and in some cases "simplifying" or "targeting"(perhaps better ways of putting it than--"dumbing it down") the message yields more concrete results than expecting people to power through the entire Blueprint Denver plan and comprehend our motives. As Tauxe points out there are very different ways of communicating with diverse populations, so perhaps we all need to consider a Master's Degree in PR & Communications as well as that Planning degree....
I like the idea of the just city that Fainstain presents. Democracy, equity, diversity, growth and sustainability are key values to strive for in modern community, but agreement about what these terms even mean to diverse communities can be difficult to pin down. However, as planners we should strive to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
I probably should have posted this as my "reflection" rather than as a comment on Philip's blog, but what the hay, here it is again. I love the contradictions of this Kelo v/ New London case. I am completely torn myself, but see things from both sides. Philip's statement, (which... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
A+ Number One Team: Group Mid-Term Answers Rational Planning Style: 1. Who was a leading proponent of the style? Le Corbusier Frank Lloyd Wright Ebenezer Howard 2. During what decade(s) did the style emerge? Began in the late 1800’s and went through the 1920’s-30’s 3. What challenges or crises was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
Earlier this year, the Nashville-based Gaylord Entertainment announced a proposal for an $824-million Western-themed hotel and visitors center in Aurora, near I-70 and existing developments at Denver International Airport. The project is set to move ahead in 2012, pending allotment of state funds under the regional tourism act and massive... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
Advocacy planning is a great planning model for all of us who wish to become planners. A good "tool" for our planning tool box, if you will. The "little guys" will always need someone to advocate on their behalf, no matter what era we are in. Also, going along with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
DRAFT: Please send me additions (and tell me what question number they fall under). We especially need input on the last three since we didn’t get to them in the group. THANKS! A+ Number One Team: Mid-Term Answers Rational Planning Style: Who was a leading proponent of the style? Le... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
I like the idea of “advocacy planning,” in theory. However, I worry that unless it is clear that these “alternative” plans will have an audience and some legitimacy, then it may be planning in a vacuum. To explain, I agree with Davidoff that these alternative plans or “plural plans” can... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
After five years doing a job that is all about "process" and facilitation, I have come to love it and continue to be surprised by its outcomes. I enjoyed the discussion about how facilitation and process can change us as planners, since it certainly has changed me. All of us... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team