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    Cyburbian zman's avatar
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    The Things That Excite a Planner...

    Well, after a couple months of having them (after a couple of years trying to get them approved...), I am able to use the new commercial/industrial architectural standards for reviewing a project

    <nerd>

    I also like coloring my landscape plans as I review them.


    What excites you?
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
    -Peart

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    Getting project bills paid by the Finance Dept....

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    Cyburbian Plus Zoning Goddess's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by zmanPLAN
    What excites you?
    Another planner? (hey, it's kinda job related...)

    Otherwise, grand openings of trails and trail bridges are pretty exciting. Politicians, the media, lots of citizens grabbing free promotional items....

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    I read the title of this thread and thought to myself: "Self, this thread is going south in a big hurry and will be closed."


    Telling the developer after the project is denied: "You should have redesigned. See, I told you."
    I think that one of the great signs of security is the ability to just walk away.

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    futbol, you bet!

    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake
    I read the title of this thread and thought to myself: "Self, this thread is going south in a big hurry and will be closed."
    yes, I agree - I thought to myself "should I even open this? I might say something that might get me banned...Or Donk can get back at me for my random thought to him this morning"

    but yes, there are things that get me psyched on the job -
    1. a good review from my boss
    2. alot of people showing up to a meeting when I want alot of people there (comp plan stuff)
    3. a committee/board/commission/council meeting where at the end of the meeitng, they "get it"

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    Finding out about a lecture on your precise area of interest (placemaking and urban redevelopment) which will be preceded by a wine and hors d'oevre reception and finding out that work will pay you to go.

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    Ah.....

    5PM......

    Denial Recommendations..... (just kidding....)

    Exposing bad LA, Attorney, Engineer, Surveyor errors.....

    The smile of a young person after hearing that we won't tear down their tree house due to non-compliance with ICC 2003.

    The frown of a multi-multi millionaire scum bag after loosing a court battle to compel approval of an environmental nightmare
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    hmmm. not really anything excites me professionally anymore. I must be in the wrong profession.

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    From an intern's perspective...

    Anytime they let me mess with the databases
    Drawing boundaries or bike paths on a map
    Anytime we take a field trip!
    "Life's a journey, not a destination"
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    Quote Originally posted by zmanPLAN
    Well, after a couple months of having them
    When I first read this part I thought of crabs.......

    Quote Originally posted by zmanPLAN
    Well, after a couple months of having them (after a couple of years trying to get them approved...),?
    When I read this far I thought of what kind of sax dolls they finally let you preves get so you'd stop harrassing the walkin clients

    Quote Originally posted by zmanPLAN
    Well, after a couple months of having them (after a couple of years trying to get them approved...), I am able to use the new commercial/industrial architectural standards for reviewing a project
    What excites you?
    When I finally read the whole thing I thought,





    The one thing that exites me about work is seeing my paper bag activist show up to threaten the staff and then in turn have a candlelite lunch with me in my deskfort.
    A guy once told me, "Do not have any attachments, do not have anything in your life you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you spot the heat around the corner."


    Neil McCauley (Robert DeNiro): Heat 1995

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    Quote Originally posted by The One
    5PM......

    Exposing bad Attorney, Engineer, Surveyor errors.....
    Agreed

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    A Non-Planner Chimes In

    A non-planner adds some thoughts.....

    Geography
    Maps
    Map-making
    Logical exercise: "If I develop this area with only a single exit to the main road, what happens?"
    Demographics: "Would this Bed, Baths & Beyond fit in this plaza? Should I approve?"
    Transit (Transit plans, maps, removed transit, stations, track plans, logistics.)
    Waterfront development
    Old industrial buildings
    Ethnic neighborhoods

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    1. The first project I reviewed following adoption of our new lighting standards and tree preservation standards.

    2. Knowing that the last thing I do at this City before leaving on March 31 will be finishing a long overdue revised Sign Regulation. Whoever comes in after me is going to thank me for this--you should see the one we've been using...

    3. Telling an attorney "I told you so" after a meeting where he gets denied. Further enhanced when the applicant makes the lawyer drop off the revised, complying plan.

    4. The "feel good" news stories that have been in the local paper about me leaving.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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    Looking at the excitement in a clients face when you discuss their plan

    Giving the "I told you so" look to lawyers, developers, et cetera who thinks they can do what they want and can't

    The sound of the cap being popped off at beer-thirty

    (Not in priority order)...
    "Whatever beer I'm drinking, is better than the one I'm not." DMLW
    "Budweiser sells a product they reflectively insist on calling beer." John Oliver

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    Using my favorite stamp which looks something like this:

    DENIED

    me so baaad

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    When I worked for the city, I would get excited if my recommendations were upheld by the commission as well as the city council.

    Now in the private sector....days like today (PAY DAY!!!!!!!!).
    "A witty woman is a treasure, a witty beauty is a power!"

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    It used to be whenever I got to make my own maps in GIS, but no GIS at my new job.

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    I get excited when another new urban revitalization project gets started!

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    When I see a new house replace an old dumpy rancher.

    When I review house plans that the architect actually made an effort to design well.

    Getting to work in a traditional downtown not some soulless office park.

    Seeing new housing units go up in formerly 'undesireable' neighborhoods.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    Let's not be didactic in this profession, because that is a path to disillusion and irrelevancy.

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    Interconnectivity
    Parking in the rear
    Closing up of curb cuts
    Aesthetics in design
    Preserving as much original construction as possible
    Walking to lunch
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    Yesterday, our office received an application for a development order for a 300-foot high resort condo (650+ units). It would be the biggest on the beach. The application was accompanied by a request to use (for the first time), our transferable development rights ordinance to protect an environmentally sensitive barrier island. Sort of a mixed bag of excitement.
    I think that one of the great signs of security is the ability to just walk away.

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    All this talk about denial...

    You mean to tell me project actually get denied?

    I need to rise from the dark ages...
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
    -Peart

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    "Dear Mr. Gedunker:
    We are pleased to announce that your grant application has been approved . . ."



    "I was opposed to this project when you knuckleheads thought it up; when you dimwits funded it; when you nimrods built it. But now I gotta say, I was wrong. I like it -- it's cool."
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    I find winning court cases very gratifying.
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