My name is Brion and I operate a Vbulletin based site about Guinea Pigs. One of my interests is urban planning and sustainable living which really have no place on my site, so I have joined this one. I am pretty impressed with this community and have spent a little time browsing around. I always thought that people interested in urban planning, community design, economic development and etc were rare, but I see that there is a whole community here interested in those topics.
Many of you likely know that the city I am from is one that had fallen into hard times in the 80's when the manufacturing sector began it's move overseas. Our economy was dominated by steel, metal fabrication, petrochemical and other related manufacturing for decades. Most of this was lost through the 80's and 90's before finally collapsing altogether after 2000.
Suffice to say that the city of Charleston has been a hotbed of many of the latest urban planning trends since the early 80's (many failed, but things are looking up now). I think I may have a little to share and learn here after living in a "planning laboratory" for several years.
I look forward to being part of this community and hope to be posting here often soon.