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    New book puts the smack down

    I am still confused about whether or not I like it or love it, but I just read a book called "City Boy: Urban Planning, Municipal Politics, and Guerrilla Warfare," and it is safe to say there is no other urban planning book like it. Mike Tedesco, the author, is clearly an ego maniac (and probably an alcholic) but he manages to put the smack down in a variety of ways to a variety of people, and it cracked me up. This is a strange, strange book that is definitly about urban planning but definitly unlike other urban planning books.

    Has anyone else read this? Did you like it?

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    Oddball
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    Thanks! I haven't seen the publisher's site.

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    I want it.

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    Quote Originally posted by Seabishop View post
    I want it.
    B & N did not have it on the shelf, so I ordered it - should be here in 1 week.
    I wonder if Cyburbia might create a run on ordering ?
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    While the sample chapter on the publisher's website is rife with typos, bad grammar, and misspellings, it does sound like a pretty interesting read. I'll have to check it out.

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    My brother, who is also a planner, said he found it on Amazon. I read his copy. Once you guys read it, let me know what you think!

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    Quote Originally posted by FueledByRamen View post
    While the sample chapter on the publisher's website is rife with typos, bad grammar, and misspellings, it does sound like a pretty interesting read. I'll have to check it out.
    Yeah, the excerpt came across as really poor writing. Seems like he has an "everyone else in municipal government is an idiot except me" type of attitude- typical of an egomaniac.

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    Wow! I want to read it! Thanks for a piece of advice!

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    I may just have to get this one. Judging by the excerpt, any planner who is a fan of Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson, or Robert S. Pirsig will enjoy it.
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    I recently read this book and agree with the comments. Here are my thoughts. First, Tedesco does seem to be a bit of an egomaniac. However, he does eventually recognize several of the poor decisions he made, which redeemed him to some degree. Second, Tedesco obviously is a planner and is writing from a practitioner's perspective. Much of the book hit very close to home. Third,the extent of the grammatical and typographical errors was distracting.

    Overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommend reading it. Although, I certainly wouldn't classify it as "must" read.

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    I finished the book yesterday. Grammatically, it is a difficult read. That aside, it did sound like a lot of venting on his part. He would have been better served by being an underling in a larger jurisdiction before becoming a pd. The shock would not have been as servere. He would have learned to work within the system. You can get things done, once you learn to compromise a bit. He did give voice to a lot of what we deal with on a regular basis. That aside, he did come accross as a bit of jerk.

    I would recommend it. However, keep the previous posts in mind.
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