Hi there, Cyburbanites. I'm another of those long-time lurkers finally coming out of the darkness and into the light of day. As a bit of an introduction, I'm not technically a planner; rather, I manage an alternative transportation program for a government agency. But so much of what I do is trying to work with the built environment, good or bad, and help people find ways to get around that don't involve solitude and the burning of dead dinosaurs.
I'm fortunate to work in a state (Oregon) that is actively trying to plan and build itself in a more human (and humane) form. Not that it's perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but we've done some pretty cool things here in terms of planning. We could lead the nation in percentage of cities successfully fighting off Wal-Marts!
I'm particularly interested in bicycling, especially bike racing and hockey (Go Rangers!). And, though I'm a life-long Portlander, I think New York City is unquestionably the greatest city on the face of the earth! No offense to the other great cities of the world, but the Big Apple has it all. For better or worse, NYC epitomizes what I think an urban environment should be...interesting, multi-cultural, busy, alive, vibrant, historic, modern.
Anyway, that's a bit about me. Happy Holidays to you all!