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About Cyburbia

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Dan

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Welcome to Cyburbia!

What is this place? The Cyburbia Forums is a friendly message board built with planners and placemakers in mind, but we also have our fair share of urbanists, suburbanists, small developers, planning and MRED students, and other folks who stumbled in and found a crowd they click with. Cyburbia Forums members include women and men from a broad range of backgrounds, work experiences, lifestyles, and points on the political compass. We're Millennials, Generation Xers, and Baby Boomers. We're a welcoming, supportive, and easygoing bunch, and there's no pressure to walk on eggshells or conform to some hive mind, as long as you're not a jerk. Cyburbia users come from around the world, but most are in the Anglosphere, mainly the United States and Canada.

Cyburbia -- a portmanteau of "cyber" (so 1990s) and "suburbia" (so 1970s) -- went online in October 1994. It started as an unauthorized student project at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. In its early years, its main feature was a catalog of links to the few other planning and architecture related sites on the early Web. In March 1996, I added a primitive message board system to the site. (Most messages from the early years of Cyburbia survived the upgrades to different message board systems, and can now legally drink in the United States.) Eventually, all the changing URLs and new Web sites were too hard to keep up with -- an upstart search engine called Google could do it better than me -- so the index was shut down. Cyburbia also had a blogging platform and image gallery (which I'm working on recreating, mainly so users can recover their old photos) for a little while.

The biggest draw to Cyburbia has always been its message board. Through the years, thousands have posted, responded, made friends, and even found romance. While the focus of discussion is planning practice and other things related to the built environment, we really talk about everything -- beer, politics, home improvement projects, our day-to-day struggles and joys, whatever. I know message boards might seem kind of retro in the age of social media. Still, consider a working planner -- not a wealthy corporation -- owns this site, and pays out-of-pocket to keep it running. It also wouldn't be online if it weren't for the users and moderators that contribute their time and know-how. It's a labor of love for many, and everybody here would like to share it with you.

Cyburbia will be 25 years old in October 2019. I hope you'll be a part of Cyburbia's next 25 years.

Dan
 
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