Inspired by the "Why are Planners and Developers Rarely on the Same Page" thread, I find myself wondering about the personality profiles of developers. Have you ever heard of that study that found the average corporation, if read as an individual, would be considered sociopathic? All of the developers I've known I would consider jerks, of varying degree. Pushy, demanding, sexist, racist, misogynist, obtuse..those are some of the words that come to mind in describing the developers I've known. I met one who was well-traveled, and that was interesting to me, but other than that he was an arrogant, chain-smoking (yes, I'm afraid I use that pejoratively - sorry, smokers) sexist philistine.
How would you characterize the personalities of the developers you've worked with?
Seeing Christo's Gates in Central Park on Saturday got me thinking about all the planning funding, and effort that had to go to making it a reality. Why aren't more people, posessed of an artistic vision like him and his wife, creating real projects out there. Regardless of your opinion of the work, it proves that you can realize a large scale aesthetic idea in this country. I wondered if the approach could be applied to development.