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]

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Being a Planning Intern: WELCOME TO CHENEY


[If you haven’t already seen this video… It’s a must for those who know Cheney/the incredible amount of time that EWU students have on their hands or just have 4 1/2 minutes to kill.]

Two weeks ago, I started two internships: one with the City of Cheney‘s Planning Department, the other with the City of Cheney’s Parks Department. I am doing mostly graphics, research, and maybe some GIS analysis for the Planning Department. I am serving as the backbone for the new Cheney Parks Comprehensive Plan performing the writing, research, and graphics work. I will also be helping with the participatory planning/public meeting side when the the comes to present. I do odd jobs (ex: data entry, presentation document organization and formatting) for both departments.

While research is inherent in academia, I haven’t taken a single planning course that pertains specifically to any of these activities besides the introductory GIS elective I took by choice that is technically taught through the Geography Department at EWU by a professor from WSU and is not a part of the EWU Planning Department for some ungodly reason unbeknownst to me.

These are both unpaid, though I hope to receive college credit the next few quarters through EWU. I dedicate about 10-20 hours per week to both departments, depending on my restaurant job’s hours any given week which, for now, takes precedence.

This series will discuss my experiences, be they triumphs or failures, with both departments. I’m not exactly sure what the format will be yet, so any suggestions or requests for the focus(es) of this are very welcome: leave in the comments section below!

The 9 Habits of Highly Effective Planning Students


I have a prepared short speech about what urban planning is because so many new people I meet have no idea what it is. “Is it civil engineering?” “Not really…” “Oh, so it’s government administration?” “Not quite…” One guy got it on the spot after only minimal aforementioned stammers at a party I recently went to: “So, you’re the link/problem solver between social and economic issues for communities?” [With some liberties taken to clarify.] YES! Perfect. But I digress…
Certainly not all students are created equal, and it’s also true within planning. While most give advice to all majors, there are some specifics left unnoticed mostly out of ignorance of what in the world planning is. [Guy above’s next question was if there’s a demand for planning… a major road and intersection expansion affecting urban farmers was literally 3 blocks away from the party. So, just a smidge in ‘Portland North’.] These are specific towards the beginning out of personal experience and trickle down towards vague mud. Have fun!

5 Things College Students Are Looking For In Apartments (& Why It’ll Affect Future Land Use Planning)


As college students, we require a certain sense of community, and an incredibly-close-to-everything-’cause-we’re-lazy mentality. These wants and needs are common throughout most other niche as well as widespread groups when it comes to location and desirability of housing. The following represents a summary of what I personally perceive as basic wants and needs of most if not all college students. Continue reading

Why You Should Take SimCity More Seriously (Portland Has!)


In 2009, IBM proposed to the City of Portland their new algorithm software, “The Smarter City” to aid in the creation of the city’s Portland Plan, to be released later this month. Now, at no cost, Portland is the first city to name the software their analysis software of choice. While the software is to present ‘what if’ ideas rather than outright statistics, the discovery of a perpetual loop has already been found;

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