I came to planning late in life. Didn’t even know what a planner was until I was well in my thirties. Eclectic is the best way to describe my background. I’ve lived in eleven states, some more than once. Not running from the law, just never learned to travel without all my stuff. I got into planning because I wanted to help create the kinds of places I wanted to live in. This is still my goal today. I am most fortunate to have studied urban planning in New Orleans before, during, and after Katrina created possibly the most intense urban planning challenge in our nation’s history. I’ve served as a planner in urban, rural and suburban environments as a current, long-range, and economic development planner.
After my studies for a master’s degree in urban planning at the University of New Orleans and my work with neighborhood groups after Hurricane Katrina, my professional practice in planning, while challenging and rewarding, felt a little flat. I started this blog because I want something to link the practice of urban planning to the world we live in.
Like most planners, I read Jane Jacobs in school. I regularly read books about the theory and practice of urban planning, and I occasionally make a feeble attempt at putting a dent in my stack of Planning magazines—I’m up to December 2014. But at the end of the day—after reviewing plans, meeting with the public, writing checksheets and staff reports and comp plans—I want a good read. And I want to remember that planning is fun.
I hope you still find planning fun, too.