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An interesting semester to say the least. I really enjoyed working with all if you and I wish, as you may imagine, that I could have been with you all last week and more attentive this one. Perhaps I should not have advocated for moving that traffic signal. I have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
My public meeting was supposed to be an informal unveiling of proposed plans for a rehabilitation of Ralston Road in Arvada. I lived off Ralston about 25 years ago (yep kids, I'm that old) and was curious what they had planned. The only room available was the council chambers and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
I know I was not in class yesterday and I missed blogging this week, I really missed you all, but I thought I would post a reflection anyway. It is about stop lights. I was thinking about our early metaphor in class and that really some things don't need participatory... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
I was not going to do a reflection since I was unable to attend class on Wednesday, but walking around Baltimore today made me change my mind and share with you some of the things I saw. (I have been at the Society of City and Regional Planning Historians, SACRPH,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
It is difficult to find much to say about this week's class. The blog discussion was useful in setting us up to work in our groups and to remind us of the content of the reading, the class and the lecture from the previous week. However, I am unsure how... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
Katrina is a very difficult exercise of balancing community hope with unavailable funds to achieve a vision for the future. I do nit envy their task, but am impressed with their commitment. Our guest speaker conveyed well the hope that motivated the UNOP and did a great job in sharing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
We should rebuild because of the people. I wish I could just state the simple answer, but that would result in a lack of recognition, on my part, of the complexity of the issues. I was very much one of the outsiders that felt that large portions of the city... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
I found it frustrating that we did not have all the details regarding the site, but I wonder as well if our choices would have been appreciably different. It seems through the readings that we were really aimed at a mixed use choice, steering our choices in this singular direction.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
One of the similarities I saw in the articles is the lack of recognition of self-segregation (as apposed to forced) based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender and sexual orientation as well as economics. Fainstein recognizes the costs of displacement and states, "Indeed, for many, it did result in an improved... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
Ethics is challenging, whether you are working in planning practice, public service, non-profit or even law. The Kelo decision is not an easy one to wrestle with. The courts, including on the US Supreme Court, frequently defer to the right the legislative body has to exercise regulations for the public... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
This is an issue that I was not involved in directly, but I watched closely as it could affect my property values even though I am not within the city limits of Golden. In 1995 a citizen supported initiative was passed to limit Golden's growth to 1% per year, with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
The exercise was very interesting and I really enjoyed being the discussion leader, I think we did very well on collaboration. I really did find Drew's analogy with economics very interesting and would have liked more time to refine it into an advocay planning idea. I have been involved with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
1. Who was a leading proponent of the style? Healy, Suskind 2. During what decade(s) did the style emerge? Dominantly the 1970s 3. What challenges or crises was this planning style a response to? Urban Renewal 4. What feature(s) are associated with a good plan within this style? Multiple interests... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
The two readings this week took avery different tones essentially on a very similar topic. In the Innes and Gruber article, the discussion of the metropolitan authority charged with distribution of funds and regional plans clearly demonstrated a leaning towards the potential success of cooperative planning when high interdependen and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
This is a long one, but I think it is a good story in light of one of today's videos. There are so many examples, so little time to share, so I thought this would be a good place. It is a story about collaborative planning that started in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
In the Devils Tour scenario the National Park Service (NPS) approached their problem by identifying the most affected groups, Native Americans and climbers. Where I think their success lies is in the fact that they were selective with the primary stakeholders and not necessarily all inclusive of the public. Community... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
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A counter question to the one offered: Can planners be creative and innovative while balancing both private and political interests? I am convinced that they can, but not without the tension between the private and political. I refer to this idea with only thought about the U.S. system of political... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
I had to do this right away because it was so fresh in my mind. One of three definitions of utopia in Merriam-Webster dictionary: "an impractical scheme for social improvement". While at the heart of the reading and conversation today it occurred to me during the presentations at the end... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
The notion of utopia promoted through Howard's Garden City ideals, Corbu's radiant city and Wright's ideas of the perfect architecture forming a relationship with the natural world seemed to be untainable goals, or were they? Many cities were headed in that direction; towards a homogenous suburb where NIMBY reigned and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
I have been giving a great deal of thought to the two films and how the class gleaned (or tried to glean) the planning paradigm used for each project. Despite the very promotional flavor of the Boulder Dam film, it was clearly a government sponsored project directed from the top... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
Hi gang, I think we managed rather well this week without a discussion leader. I thought you should all know that on the way out the door I checked with Eric to see if we needed to turn something in from the discussions and explained that our discussion leader was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
While Campbell and Fainstein were quick to criticize the presentation of planning history, they do nonetheless demonstrate the importance of its study. The key to the study of the modernest models is not to take individual authors such as Warner, Cronon, Fogelston and many others as separate views that could... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at 2011 Hot Bliggity Blog
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