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.


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]


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!

Happy Belated Birthday, The Comprehensive!

Happy belated birthday to The Comprehensive (formerly known as Isteacian.) The first post ever was on my dad’s birthday, 8/8/2011, and was ‘Why I Enjoy Urban Planning’.


This map shows how many views The Comprehensive has received since February 25th, 2012 (the farthest back possible) to today (8/14/2012) in each country that has accessed any page on the site within that time frame. I imagine The Comprehensive is probably popular in Turkey due to my work with Global Site Plans’ The GRID. This does not include the highest daily view count ever which was 53 views on February 23rd, 2012. On that day, the third installment of the Comparative Book Review series (Jacobs v. Garvin) was published: Revitalizing Neighborhoods.

Data and map courtesy WordPress Stats.


The drafts have been written, the autobiography submitted, and the online permissions have been granted! My first post for The GRID at Global Site Plans will be live this coming Wednesday, May 23rd! A new post of mine will be up every other Wednesday there starting this week. I will post links here to my articles at The GRID as soon as they’re up. I hope to fill the weeks that aren’t published by The GRID with content here- especially over this summer. I look forward to a new and wonderful experience with GSP!

Comparative Book Review Dismay

At the beginning of this project, I had prepared to discuss five topics found in both Jacobs’ and Garvin’s books. But after reading four and dropping one for sanity’s sake, I’ve found that there just isn’t enough in common between the two to complete the topic I was most looking forward to- historic preservation. Jacobs, while she did discuss the need for old buildings economically, was about a decade at the front-end of the historic preservation movement in the US; The first federal tax incentives promoting home owners to restore and maintain their home properly was enacted about thirteen years after The Life and Death of Great American Cities was published. Garvin was very thorough and in-depth about how to finance a historic preservation district and was very informative. So, I’ll have to wrap-up without that last piece. Look forward to seeing the final cut, condensed to 3-5 pages, shortly.

Darn you, hasty ambition without thorough preparation!

On a completely awesome note: I have an interview to blog for a global company in twelve hours! Send all the good juju!

New Title and Look!

You may have noticed, if you prefer to read this on the site rather than your email, that there is a new theme in use, and a new name instilled! Things will be a little odd around here for a few days, but everything will be back, improved, or expanded upon by Monday. Enjoy the sleek shininess of the new theme and title: too much thought was put into it.

The Goal and Purpose of This Blog


The Hardest Part About This Post: Finding A Suitable Portal Meme

In order to revive my interest in this project after bouncing back from moving and coming back to college, I’ve decided to re-evaluate my cause here. So with the perfect Seattleite antique cup of lavender tea and my monkey slippers, here it goes on the eve of the 2011-2012 school year.

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