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    Joining the Club

    Hello,
    I have been reading bits and pieces of this site for the past couple of days now and decided to join. City/urban planning is of great interest to me, although I am not a city planner by trade. I'm more of an armchair city planner so please forgive me if my ideas seem amatuerish or dumb. Everything I've learned about city planning I've read in books or gathered from my own personal observations. I've never had any formal schooling in this area. I thought this would be a nice place to learn and I hope that is the outcome of my being here.

    I'm from a small town (35,000) in northeast Mississippi called Tupelo. It's a nice little town, I suppose, but it does seem to have the-newer-the-building-the-better-the-building syndrome and most of the commercial activity takes place at and around the Barnes Crossing Mall area. This is also the birthplace of Elvis Presley and the home of the largest rural hospital in the United States (North Mississippi Medical Center).

    Anyway, thank you for allowing me to participate and I'll see you all around the boards.

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    Cyburbian nerudite's avatar
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    Welcome! No need to be a planner to participate. It's good to see some more southerners in here... we were getting overrun with midwest folks.

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    Welcome to the boards! Don't feel weird because you're not a planner (I'm not). Hope you have fun and stick around here!

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    Hello!

    I too am a wanna-be planner. I actually work in the corporate office of a (the) major RX chain, so it is nice to see some others that enjoy it as a hobby! Welcome!

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    Welcome from a former resident of Kosciusko and occassional visitor to Canton. I think people who are not in the planning field, but have an interest in their communities bring alot of common sense into the discussion. If you really want to get involved, I would encourage you to consider serving on your City or County Planning Commission. Believe me, we're always looking for a few good men/women to serve.

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    Welcome!
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    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

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    Welcome.

    I lived in Oxford Miss for 5 years during undergrad and my wife lived there for 10 years in all.

    I know Tupelo and Barnes Crossing well. Many of my friends during school were from Tupelo so I have been to countless weddings, birthdays, and nights out in your town so I feel to have a decent grasp of what goes on there. It is the classic example of interchange = mall = everything in town moves from downtown to mall area. The Wal-mart distributing center north of town doesn’t help much either.

    I see a lot of potential in Tupelo though. Even though it is only around pop. 35,000 it functions as a regional hub and feels much larger than it actually is, attracting restaurants and businesses that would normally not be found in a city of such size. Are you involved in the furniture business there by chance? Seems to be the place for that.

    Anyway, look forward to hearing about the haps in Tupelo on the boards.
    "Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even though they rarely stick to their plan." - Winston Churchill

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    Re: Hello!

    Welcome!


    Off-topic:
    Originally posted by steveanne
    I too am a wanna-be planner. I actually work in the corporate office of a (the) major RX chain, so it is nice to see some others that enjoy it as a hobby! Welcome!
    OMG! I worked (for a very short time) for probably the same company. I hated it, thought they were evil, and was looking for a new job within three months of starting.

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    Originally posted by H
    Are you involved in the furniture business there by chance? Seems to be the place for that.
    No, I'm not. This is very much the place for that in Mississippi. The Furniture Market is a big deal. I have a friend who is a furniture designer and a couple others who will work the furniture market for extra cash.

    I am an artist and student. I will be in Oxford this spring finishing up a year of college. I will then be moving on to become a filmmaker and I plan on attending an art school next fall (perhaps in Savannah, GA).

    I think the Wal-Mart distribution warehouse you were referring to is actually just north of New Albany (about 28 miles northwest of Tupelo along US 78). But, that isn't to say that Wal-Mart is not very much a part of Tupelo life. It is (but that's a whole other thread of which I plan on participating in after finishing this response).

    Thank you everyone for the kind welcome. This seems like a very nice place. Honestly, I was a little intimidated at first because I've recently read (and enjoyed) two Kunstler books and then saw the thread on him and what some of the current schools of thought on him and his methods were. That, along with my lack of formal planning knowledge and experience made me a little uneasy about speaking up. But, I don't feel quite so bad about it anymore. The warm welcome helped.

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    Welcome life_boy I'm not a city planner by trade either but have been made very welcome here. We have a bar called Tupelo in Wellington, didn't know it was Elvis's birthplace!

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    welcome from the wet and cold inland northwest.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    welcome from the wet and cold inland midwest.

    I think its great when everyday folks take an interest in planning. Its a great, dymanic, profession.

    Welcome!

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    Welcome!

    Many great people throughout history were not professional planners and human settlement persists still, so don't worry!

    Now that you have read 2 of Kunstler's books, you need to read something at the next level like "Good City Form" by Kevin Lynch. It is one of the top five books on the subject of city/place building, IMHO.

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    Hello and welcome life_boy.

    Originally posted by Budgie
    Welcome from a former resident of Kosciusko ....
    Budgie, did you know the tallest hill in Australia is called Mount Kosciusko?

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    Welcome, enjoy Cyburbia.

    WANNABE PLANNERS ROCK!!!!!!!!!

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    Greetings and salutations, enjoy the place and don't forget to use the search feature when you run across an unfamiliar term.

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    Welcome,

    We got forigners here, so we might as well let the sutherners in too! Pssst (whispers), don't tell anyone, but I even think there are a few commies in here also!

    Serriously, jump in the pond and have fun!
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    Re: Re: Hello!

    Originally posted by Cardinal



    Off-topic:


    OMG! I worked (for a very short time) for probably the same company. I hated it, thought they were evil, and was looking for a new job within three months of starting.
    We're not evil, I promise (scratching the mark of the Beast off my skull).

    Seriously, where did you work? Real Estate or Construction? Or did you have a non-planning related job like myself. And why the thoughts of evilness?

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    Originally posted by life_boy
    I am an artist and student. I will be in Oxford this spring finishing up a year of college. I will then be moving on to become a filmmaker and I plan on attending an art school next fall (perhaps in Savannah, GA).
    SCAD is a great school. My sister in law is seriously looking at going there. And you can’t beat Savannah for an artistically creative atmosphere!

    I think the Wal-Mart distribution warehouse you were referring to is actually just north of New Albany (about 28 miles northwest of Tupelo along US 78).
    Your right; it has been awhile since my last visit to Tupelo or New Albany since I now fly in to Memphis and then drive 78 to 6 I miss the Tupelo area.

    Well, see you around the boards and say hello to Oxford for me (especially Proud Larry’s).

    H
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    Originally posted by Rem
    Hello and welcome life_boy.


    Budgie, did you know the tallest hill in Australia is called Mount Kosciusko?
    No, I did not. Thanks for the nugget.

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    Cyburbian Budgie's avatar
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    Originally posted by life_boy
    Honestly, I was a little intimidated at first because I've recently read (and enjoyed) two Kunstler books and then saw the thread on him and what some of the current schools of thought on him and his methods were. That, along with my lack of formal planning knowledge and experience made me a little uneasy about speaking up.
    A lack of formal training hasn't effected JHK's willingness to speak up. On the thread you referenced, I mentioned that observations by someone not specifically trained in planning are what planning needs more of, IMO. Planners should be facilitators of public discourse more often and create truly local solutions to local problems. This is where the citizen planners are a valuable asset. Jump into the discussion, you won't be ridiculed ---- well, not too badly.

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