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    aspiring planner from Queens, New York

    Hi guys,

    Finally signing up after reading through the forums for a few weeks. I'm two years out of undergrad and looking to apply for a Master's in planning this year. Figured I'd join here, chime in during the process, and discuss the day-to-day urban issues of living in New York.

    I'm very interested in neighborhood development, especially regarding working-class neighborhoods that have achieved some degree of autonomy. I grew up in Flushing, Queens, a very diverse, heavily-immigrant working-class area, and probably one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the country. I actually run a news and commentary website about Flushing (can't post link yet), and I really enjoy writing about the manic energy of this place and speculating on where it can and should be headed. I honestly think it's the most successful working-class neighborhood in post-Fordist America, and if it really flourishes in the next decade, it might serve as a model for other lower-middle-class neighborhoods in America.

    Anyway, glad to be here, and hope to talk about all this and more.

    JM

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    Hello from upstate New York!

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    Hello, from Dallas, TX!
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    Hello, Neighbor!

    I have a house in Queens and I'm so happy to see a new member from this amazing Borough. I am middle-aged and have witnessed Flushing's transformation over the decades--it's truly phenomenal. Greatly looking forward to reading your news and commentary website!

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    Welcome from the Great State of Ohio! Glad to have you!
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    This is your "Hello" from the Rockies. Great to have you in Cyburbia.
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