I'm Pete, a planner from Chicago, IL. Well technically, an unemployed planner, as I was laid off from my job as a planner with a local Chicago architecture/planning firm in March. I've got a few good prospects; I expect to be working again by late August or early September, but I'm mostly enjoying one hot summer here.
Briefly, I got my master's in urban planning from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1990, and then spent seven years (in two stints) working as a planner and project manager with the City of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development. In between those two stints, I worked with not-for-profits engaging in community development work. After my second tour with the City I spent a little over one year in the private sector before the layoff.
I usually tell those who ask that I got involved in planning as a result of growing up in Detroit in the 1970's. Could one grow up in a city with a worse image at the time? My thinking about Detroit's decline and exodus, even as a pre-teen, was that the city needed people committed to its revitalization rather than divorcing themselves from it -- physically, emotionally and economically.
I'm glad to be a part of this. I like engaging in thoughtful (I hope) planning discussion.