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    Cyburbian
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    New member, old planner, seeking intellectual stimulation

    Greetings from the Rust Belt! I don't think I've ever joined Cyburbia, although have known about it for years. So this week I took the plunge.

    Circumstances dictate that I stay in a boring public sector job related to planning, so my real excitement is helping to edit a website about community and economic development topics for "amateurs" such as activists, our planning commissioners, HOA boards, etc. Also participating in my own neighborhood is still my favorite sport.

    More as we go along...I look forward to lively discussions.

    urban2rural

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    Cyburbian ofos's avatar
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    Welcome to Cyburbia! I'm a former Rust Belt planner who has changed professions a couple times but have continued in planning as an avocation.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Cyburbian Plus Salmissra's avatar
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    Hello, from Dallas, TX!
    "We do not need any other Tutankhamun's tomb with all its treasures. We need context. We need understanding. We need knowledge of historical events to tie them together. We don't know much. Of course we know a lot, but it is context that's missing, not treasures." - Werner Herzog, in Archaeology, March/April 2011

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    Cyburbian dandy_warhol's avatar
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    Hello, from New York!

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    OH....IO Hink's avatar
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    Hello from the Great State of Ohio!
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    Cyburbian TexanOkie's avatar
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    Howdy from Austin.

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    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
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    Welcome from downeast Maine! I won't comment on the intellectual stimulation...

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    Cyburbian jswanek's avatar
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    Once we had a new planner, a Japanese-American with a child's voice, who was from a very wealthy family (once she was looking through property databases to find out how many counties her dad was paying over $100,000 a year in local property taxes to, being several) and didn't need to work in public sector planning. After a year, I asked her about the people she was working with. She said it was like a fairy tale...being surrounded by trolls, gnomes and dwarves.

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    Cyburbian mike gurnee's avatar
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    Welcome from a fellow old planner. I would never consider the St. Louis area as rust belt. As for intellectual stimulation, we could always have emma and becca come back.

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