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    Member japrovo's avatar
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    Must have missed this

    Sorry I guess I overlooked this ritual duty and having been posting for a while. But here I am, a graduate student in urban studies focused on regional planning and economic/community development policy. Somewhere between degrees I've been in and out of government involved in workforce and economic development. I currently work for a university service institute with a particular focus on regionalism. This has allowed my to do some real life program management as we staff a couple of ongoing economic/community development planning processes for various entities. My vain hope is that this keeps my research and teaching grounded in some kind of reality, as I know what the rap is on academic planners out there in the world. I've only been in the plannersí paradise of Portland for 4 years. Before that I was an impressionable MURP listening to my professors back in Virginia talking just a bit too much about Portland. I just had to come see for myself. It may not really be paradise but I have been impressed about the willingness of people here to talk quite openly about their problems and take a chance every now and then on something innovative. Further, there is a permeability and accessibility to the levers of power here that just isn't available in other places I've lived.

    I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes which I like to share with my fellow sufferers out here---and boy have we been suffering if you read Doonesbury.

    "I have seen a lot of scenery in my life, but I have seen nothing so tempting
    as a home for man as this Oregon country...You have here a basis for
    civilization on its highest scale, and I am going to ask you a question which
    you may not like. Are you good enough to have this country in your possession?
    Have you got enough intelligence, imagination and cooperation among you to make
    the best of these opportunities?"

    -Lewis Mumford in a speech to the City Club of Portland, July 1938

    He had his faults but Mumford was nothing if not quotable.

    Regards,

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    Cyburbian Trail Nazi's avatar
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    Welcome. Just be glad that you are working in a state that has growth management laws. I just switched states and am finding it difficult to deal with a state that is not very progressive.

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    Cyburbian Emeritus Chet's avatar
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    *finally*

    Well, offically you're a part of the clube. Welcome!

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    Re: *finally*

    Originally posted by Chet
    Well, offically you're a part of the clube. Welcome!
    Part of the clube, but not in the clube

    Welcome John!

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    Cyburbian nerudite's avatar
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    Welcome!

    I also did a few years in Portland (and Vancouver)... I miss it so much. If I ever move back to the States, I'm heading right back to Portland. Love it, love it, love it!

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    Welcome, look forward to your continued posts!
    "Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how." -- Edward T. McMahon, The Conservation Fund

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    Welcome aboard.
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    Moving at my own pace....... Planderella's avatar
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    It's never too late to say Welcome .
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    We're glad you checked in here. My little brother visited Portland last month and reported to me that it is an "urban wonderland". hee. Welcome to the nuthouse!

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    Cyburbian prudence's avatar
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    Well then, welcome. Officially.
    "Dear Prudence...won't you open up your eyes? "

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    Better late than never. Welcome to the planners greatest source of time waste management!

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    Another welcome aboard. My wife and I love your new hometown!
    Cheers,
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