Wordless Wednesday: LA’s Slow Reclamation of its Most Prized Urban Natural Resource


Kayakers navigating the LA River in its entirety:

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Announcement of “Being A Planning Student” Tumblr


As you may have noticed since reading my recommendation to subscribe to the “Being a Planner” Tumblr, it has not been updating regularly for a couple of weeks. Inspired, I’ve started the “Being A Planning Student” Tumblr, as linked below.

I’ll be updating it with giggle fodder every day I don’t post for The Comprehensive.

Requests and suggestions will be taken here as well as through the Tumblr page.

You CAN subscribe to this through an RSS feed as you may do with this blog.
Enjoy!

BEING A PLANNING STUDENT TUMBLR

Wordless Wednesday: Gentle Giant Pylons


I believe most everyone has seen these beauties:

A Wireless Communication Tower with a Douglas Fir Tree Facade

These make what most people want (reliable wireless connectivity) possible without the gross exterior of what most don’t want to admit is required (white and red pillars to our relatively newfound appendages).

But what if we used this cloaking technique creatively with other eyesore above-ground infrastructure needs?

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5 Reasons Why You Should Subscribe to the “Being A Planner” Tumblr


Being A Planner is:

1. Relevant

There are always up-to-date issues and laws being made fun of.

2. Educational

If I don’t get a joke, I google it, learn about the topic/concept/law/theory/jargon/common misconception, read the post again, laugh. And then I repeat too many times to be proud of. Seriously- I’d know nothing about TIGER if it wasn’t for this tumblr. (PS: What a terrible logo for a federal program, huh? Click the link to see.)

3. Funny

I mean, it’s Tumblr. If you find serious stuff on Tumblr that’s not at least entertaining, you’re doing it wrong.

4. Memorable/Unique

Who else makes fun of planning in such compact, bite-sized cubes of awesome? No one. That’s who.

5. If you’re a planner or planning student: it makes you take yourself less seriously and reminds us all that nobody actually knows what they’re doing in our profession 24/7. It’s a lot of guessing, tweaking, meeting-ing, editing, googling, and telling the intern to do it for you.

BONUS:

6. Subscribe-able through an RSS feed or email: Exactly how you get these posts in your inbox!

There really is no reason not to if you’re a planning groupie, planner, or planning student.

[Updated 9/21]

Wordless Wednesday: What if Public Transit Was Beautiful?


Komsomolskaya Station in the Moscow Metro

“If we made public transit infrastructure beautiful like this, [do you] think more people would use it?”

This is what the Sustainable Cities Collective asked their Facebook fanpage a couple weeks ago on Sept. 7th, 2012, and now I am passing that question on to you.

What’s your reply?

PS:
Do you see any beggars? Any terrible musicians vying for spare change? Anybody walking without purpose whatsoever? No. Because this place is too beautiful for that. Everyone has it inside them to appreciate architecture- even in the most passing of ways.

PPS:
Classic trains are gorgeously irreplaceable.

Photo Credit: linked directly to source page.

Throwback Thursday: Why the City of Spokane, Washington is Wary of Adopting More Neighborhood LID “Storm Gardens:” A Fear of Expensive Popularity [The GRID]


Why the City of Spokane, Washington is Wary of Adopting More Neighborhood LID “Storm Gardens:” A Fear of Expensive Popularity

This article discusses the popularity of Low-Impact Development (LID) Storm Gardens (rather than Rain Gardens, as in Seattle, WA due to the nature of Spokane’s climate) in two neighborhoods in Spokane, and the troubling demand for more elsewhere in the city.

This was the fourth article I wrote for The GRID. Please make any comments on The GRID, not here! It’ll make me look good to my boss! (Click the linked title above to read the full article!)

This was originally posted on Global Site Plans‘ blog, The GRID, July 4th, 2012.

Image credit: linked directly to source.

Wordless Wednesday: Everyday Eyesore Made Beautiful


Marcel Breuer – East fire stair at the UNESCO Secretariat, Paris 1953.

Fire escapes are typically such eyesores…

What other usual-eyesores could be made beautiful and intriguing in the urban landscape without much added cost or space to improve them?

Photo Credit: linked directly to source page.