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    A question

    This might be an odd question (and I hope I'm posting it in the right place) but I'm looking for general info on breking into the urban design field. The problem is I'm not sure where to start. I unfortantly cannot draw so that leaves me out of most design jobs. I also abhore politics so I'm rather weary of the policy side. I know this will sound somewhat simplistic and perhaps childish, but basicly my ultimately I want to be the guy that that says lets put housing on that block, a park on that block, an office building there and and some stores in that area.
    I realize it's not that easy but I'm really not to sure what skillset I need to get into urban design and what type of entry level jobs are out there that I might be qualified for. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    hard to know what you are qualified for without knowing your qualifications........does that make sense????

    What is your field of study?

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    oh yeah good question.

    Um, I actually have a degree in business admin. from a small liberal arts collage in Maine. It's about 6 years old now. It wasn't too much use to me 6 years ago and it is worth even less now. My current job has absolutly nothing to do w/ urban design and I've never held a job that did. I'm probably going to be taking night classes in a program called Urban Affairs at B.U. in the fall. I'm hoping that will point me in some sort of direction. I like to think I'm capable of learning new things and skills provided an innate 'talent' isn't necessary (drawing, math, singing, etc).
    I'm not too sure exactly what I should be trying to learn.
    Do that help at all or did I just confuse you more?

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    You should look into the Urban Affairs class list and see what types of classes you will be taking. My guess is that you will deal a lot with city policies and planning history. I don't think you will be required to do any singing........the math isn't very difficult......and the drawing shouldn't be either.

    I am currently a planner in a small town. My ultimate goal might be somewhat similar to yours in that I would like to some day (after attaining years of expeirence in the planning field) break into the private sector and be a planners planner. I would like to work with developers and builders focusing more on the urban design aspect of planning. At that time, I know what I like in large developments.......what planners like........and how cities work. As for the drawing aspect......most all of this is done on computers now, so you shouldn't have to worry about that.

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