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Hi there! 👋 From lurker to poster...

Everyman

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Hey all!!! I'm not here to contribute much, I just want to hawk my new book on city living.... ;-)

Anyway, I stumbled upon this site in a semi-funny way. I googled something on Peter the Great for a paper, and somehow this thread came up. I was intrigued, and I've been lurking here ever since (~2 months).

I'm a soon to graduate PoliSci major from Ann Arbor, MI (UofM). I've almost certainly going to take a year off from school and then pursue grad studies at this point. I'm even considering asking my CO at my reserve (Army) unit to try and hook me onto a rotation to Iraq. I'd pay off my student loans and go somewhere I've always wanted to. Who knows at this point?? I'm keeping my options open.

The more I read on this site/forums, the more I felt courted by the profession. Perhaps I'm romanticizing it a bit, but it seems as if planners have the chance to effect change without dirtying themselves too much in the business of politics. From what I gather, it seems to be almost the engineering of a city, or perhaps specialists in the medical field if you were to compare a city to a living organism. Either way, the profession is enticing. If it were about money, I'd go to law school. In reality, I'm looking for something that I'd *enjoy*. I've done political internships in Ottawa and Lansing and I don't want anything to do with it at this point in my life. There is too much polarization and partisanship, IMO.

If anyone is interested in learning more about me, feel free to ask.

**Edited to move part of the message to the Student Lounge**
 
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Chet

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Everyman said:
Hey all!!! I'm not here to contribute much, I just want to hawk my new book on city living.... ;-)
WOW you came out of the lurker closet with a vengeance! ROTFLMAO!

Welcome out.
 

mendelman

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Welcome from Chicago!

Another UM grad. That is good. I got my BA and MUP from UM and I absolutely love Ann Arbor.

Watch what you say about wanting to get into planning. If you think of going into the field watchout for the current planning part of the profession. It's not for everyone.

Other than that, post early, post often!
 

Everyman

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Thanks all for the warm welcomes.

mendelman, were you satisfied with your experience at UM?? I'd assume so, since you also went there for your MUP.

Funny you're from Chicago, I just went there with the s/o over spring break. Her mother moved from the city to Rolling Meadows, we always go into town via Metra (the way to really fly). I found myself wishing there was something like that for Metro Detroit. It'd be great if they ran a route down 94 to AA, one up 696/96 to Brighton(??), one up Woodward to Pontiac, and one up 94 to the Mt. Clemens/Selfridge area. That'd only be 4 routes.

But... in the Motor City, I doubt it's a possibility. It'd be nice, though. With Comerica Park, The Fox, Ford Field, and The State all near each other, it'd be a good spot to have a station sort of like Oglevie (sp??). I remember a few years ago they were talking about expanding the people mover (*puke*) to where the stadiums are located.

It'd be nice to ride the rail into town, ride the people mover to Greektown for lunch, then hop back on and catch a Tigers' game.

But my home city can't have any thing like that ... :-\
 

Cardinal

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Welcome!

Dang, another Ann Arborist. I guess you folks will be getting a big dot soon.
 

Doitnow

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Welcome from a faraway member!!

engineering of a city, or perhaps specialists in the medical field if you were to compare a city to a living organism.
Ever heard of 'City Surgery'?
You said it!!!
 

JNA

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Welcome
from SW IN, in the C T Z, on northshore of the Ohio River, at mm 792.5.
 

Gedunker

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Aye, planning is enticing, but the *without getting dirty...* part is not always accurate.

Anyway, greetings from the north shore of the Mighty O-Hi-O, mile 609, base flood elevation 448 NGVD, a place where we illegally move our clocks forward from April through October, so we can be in line with KENTUCKY!
 

Budgie

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Narrator:

As the Throbbing Brain gained energy and souls it began to create it's own gravitational field, which increasingly sucked in unsuspecting lurkers from the hinterland. As the acceloration grew exponentially, the Throbbing Brain reached a point of no return. In the years that followed this phenomenon was calculated to have occured the moment Everyman made his first post.

*******

Welcome to the abyss.
 

ludes98

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Welcome from the Valley of the Sun. Politics and getting dirty actually are part of planning. Plus many cities have local cable access so your friends can make fun of you if they can stand the tedium.
 
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