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    I like to think I'm a planner

    My name is Austin, I like planning. My friends make fun of me because I stop anytime I see a map and study it.. even if I already know where we are going.

    I graduate from the undergrad City & Metropolitan Planning program of the University of Utah (Go UTES). I want to go to a GREAT grad school but I dont know where and thats part of why I joined this nifty community. Hope to get lots of insight as I try and figure out whats next in life.

    I like the data and research and analysis side of things... for lots of reasons, but I sure hate when a city council things that Wal-Mart will actually provide more tax revenue than a properly planned, healthy, vibrant, mixed use shopping district. I began to focus on it too late in my degree, but have some good coursework in analysis now. I am doing Land-Use Model Analysis at the MPO in Salt Lake now, and enjoy it. I want a degree to reflect this, am scared to get a GIS degree and becoming a "GIS monkey". I also like redevelopment (which I see as connected to analysis)

    Any advice? Great thanks!

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    Cyburbian ursus's avatar
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    Welcome to Cyburbia, from just north of the Valley. The U's program is good and gaining ground. I wouldn't worry about not being considered a real planner, or just a GIS monkey. Grad school I never did, so I can't give you any advice. Sorry. But it's a pleasure to welcome another Salt Laker to Cyburbia!

    If I can help in any other more specific way, send me a private message and I'll try to help any way that I can. - ursus.
    "...I would never try to tick Hink off. He kinda intimidates me. He's quite butch, you know." - Maister

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    Cyburbian otterpop's avatar
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    Welcome from the Queen City of the Rockies under the Big Sky in the Last Best Place. It is always nice to see another planner from the Interior West here.

    I will leave advice of a great grad school to others, though if you are thinking of remaining in the West during your career, I would suggest you go to school in the West. Things are different out here, as you may know.
    "I am very good at reading women, but I get into trouble for using the Braille method."

    ~ Otterpop ~

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    Cyburbian Plus dandy_warhol's avatar
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    Hello from New York!

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