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    Planning? What's that?

    Can someone tell me how many trees are cut down each year, and maybe how many are planted again that year? I would REALLY Appriciate it. Thanks.

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    Planning?...What's that?

    I have two favorites: First, "Oh, so you plan roads and things?" Did I say "Civil Engineer"? Second, I work for a hemmed-in suburban community and people generally respond with "Oh, so what can you plan there? Do you just try to take over other cities?"

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    Planning?...What's that?

    Pardon me, but I found this site as I was searching for the Trees Atlanta web site. I think that maybe you planners need some good P.R.-- get the word out about just how important these impervious surface ratios, zoning regulations, development codes, etc. are. Not in zoning-speak, of course, but in terms that people can understand--drainage, flood control, stream protection, etc.

    What you do is every bit as important as what doctors, lawyers, or anyone else does. In some ways,
    even more important, since we cannot always control what happens to our living space. Our living
    environment impacts on all aspects of our lives, and unfortunately many people do not have a good understanding of what makes this environment more livable. Everyone should know what an urban planner does.

    - a physician

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    What is Planning?

    Can anyone tell what is Urban Planning? Someone once
    told me that Planning is the same as Communism. We do
    not need any more Socialist. Look what happen to
    Russia.

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    What is Planning?

    Who said you can't choose what your house or your office looks like? Don't presume that just because there are some rules about what you can do with property that the owner isn't still the person with the most control over it. I mean, there are laws about what you can do with your car, your gun, and even your computer, but they are still all yours.

    It sounds like those area are victims of bad planning, but since planning is ultimately a local thing, only the members of those communities can determine what kind of planning they want, good or bad, and what kind of community they want, whether it meets your aesthetic tastes or not.

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    What is Planning?

    * Planning is a way to show everybody that despite all pro and con, only 'the money' tells you what you can do or not--and this is true for both social systems capitalism and communism.

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    Planning?...What's that?

    I recently told someone I was an urban planner and their response was, "What kind of trees do you plant?" - I replied "URBAN PLANNER, not PLANTER!"

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    Yes, it's been said but...

    I'm interested in this thread for many reasons.

    1) It's been almost 10 years since it was written; it was also on the first page of FAC.
    2) Most people who commented only have a single post on cyburbia and no one that commented is a current participant.
    3) In reference to Brent's post, I have been accused of being a landscape architect on more than one occasion.
    4) I like to think that people are starting to understand what planning is. I met someone the other day who asked what I did for a living. I answered my generic 'let me define planning in the most basic way' and he laughed. He is a GIS technician so I had him at the word "planner". But then I meet someone who looks at me blankly and I end up saying "I work in government".

    Oh planning!
    How do I know you are who you think you are?

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    From the APA website:

    Planning means housing choice. Planning means safe communities and a better commute. Planning means communities of lasting value.

    What Is Planning?
    When government officials, business leaders, and citizens come together to build communities that enrich people's lives, that's planning.

    WHAT DO PLANNERS DO?
    Planners help government officials, business leaders, and citizens create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live.

    BECOMING A PLANNER
    Planning is a collaborative, dynamic field that offers the chance to really make a difference in the communities you care about.
    https://www.planning.org/aboutplanning/

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    Cyburbian RandomPlanner's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    I like it. So the next time I'm asked "what's planning?", I'm going to respond with "it's a a collaborative, dynamic field that offers the chance to really make a difference in the communities you care about." Yes.
    How do I know you are who you think you are?

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    Cyburbian The Terminator's avatar
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    Is this really a thread from 1997? I was in first grade.

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    Quote Originally posted by The Terminator View post
    Is this really a thread from 1997? I was in first grade.

    In '97, I had been in the profession nearly 10 years and had started by first blueshirt/PD gig. Now get off my front yard, you young whippersnapper. <we need an old fart emoji>
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    Quote Originally posted by The Terminator View post
    Is this really a thread from 1997? I was in first grade.
    Oh Terminator!!! Enough out of you!
    How do I know you are who you think you are?

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    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner View post
    In '97, I had been in the profession nearly 10 years and had started by first blueshirt/PD gig. Now get off my front yard, you young whippersnapper. <we need an old fart emoji>
    I was wetting the bed and watching Power Rangers, having no idea about Planning or a career because I was 6. I had my first real bicycle with training wheels and played little league tee-ball. Great times! Now get off my case ya old man!! <need an entitled millennial emoji>

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    Quote Originally posted by RandomPlanner View post
    Oh Terminator!!! Enough out of you!
    Give him a break.

    I do the same thing to LP all the time 'round these parts.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    Quote Originally posted by RandomPlanner View post
    Oh Terminator!!! Enough out of you!
    Simma down now!! here's a Random Plan


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    Quote Originally posted by The Terminator View post
    I was wetting the bed and watching Power Rangers, having no idea about Planning or a career because I was 6. I had my first real bicycle with training wheels and played little league tee-ball. Great times! Now get off my case ya old man!! <need an entitled millennial emoji>
    Dang, I am old enough to be your dad <old fart emoji>
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner View post
    Dang, I am old enough to be your dad <old fart emoji>
    You and I both. Just think.... for him there has always been an internet. Phones have always been cellular. The USSR and the US have never been on hair trigger nuclear launch status.....

    Are you feeling old enough yet WYP or shall I go on?
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    You and I both. Just think.... for him there has always been an internet. Phones have always been cellular. The USSR and the US have never been on hair trigger nuclear launch status.....

    Are you feeling old enough yet WYP or shall I go on?
    He's always had some form of a play station. He's always had computers that were portable. He's always cds or digital downloads. He doesn't remember the bicentennial celebration. His baby picture were in color, unlike ours. Shall I go on? Yeah, I'm feeling old enough.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    Ah...the glories of records, 8-tracks, and tapes. He only knows these in the same way a hipster would.
    I don't pretend to understand Brannigan's Law. I merely enforce it.

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    Quote Originally posted by dvdneal View post
    Ah...the glories of records, 8-tracks, and tapes. He only knows these in the same way a hipster would.
    That is one thing I have never understood. The sound quality is so much better for cds and digital vinyl, 8 track or cassette. If you want to drink crappy beer and dress like a dork, that's fine. it's like eating a Little Debbie Swiss Cake Roll instead of having a bakery made one because the Little Debbie version is authentic.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    Sometimes I ask myself, "What was I thinking?"
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Quote Originally posted by Richmond Jake View post
    Sometimes I ask myself, "What was I thinking?"
    We all ask that about you all the time.

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