As a Planner, or as a Planning student, you’ll undoubtedly have to make some street cross-sections. And while I may be a geek, making cross-sections is crazy fun! You’ll have to fit a whole bunch of different elements into one street, while trying to make everyone happy – drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, urbanists, engineers (impossible). Typically this is done … More Cool Tools # 2: Streetmix.net
When I’m asked about the biggest difference between school and work, my answer is always the same… Money and politics! Early in your career, you’ll discover that money and politics influence every aspect of a project. This can be a bit surprising at first, since you likely won’t learn much about either in school. Every … More Cash Rules Everything Around Me
University degree. Check. New job. Check. Business socks. Check. Okay, you’re officially a Planner, great work! Now comes the fun part – telling people. Lucky for you, this has gotten better recently, but you’ll quickly find that no one knows what a Planner/Planning is. Hell, I was most of the way through a Masters degree before … More “Oh, Like SimCity?” Or What People think When You Say You’re A Planner
Another day, another new Planforth section. Cool Tools won’t be weekly, but should be updated pretty often. The goal is to introduce some of the really useful (and free) programs, websites, etc. that I use on a regular basis (or occasionally, but are a life saver when needed). Hopefully they’ll be useful for you as well, … More Cool Tools # 1
Last week we looked at the different types of projects and studies that I work on. This week’s post looks in more detail at the process of a typical project, from the first meeting, to the final report. In one of the worst University classes I’ve taken, our professor told us to, ‘write a Planning … More The Anatomy of a Planning Study
When I talk with students, I bring a large stack of documents to show the different types of projects I’ve worked on. This variety is one of the highlights of my job. For every long and in-depth project, there are a bunch of quick projects to keep things fresh. This allows me to jump between … More Plans, Guidelines, and Proposals, Oh My!
“Do planners work a lot of overtime?” I get asked this one a lot. It’s a fair question, and one that I had when I was a student. Because, with the exception of architects*, nobody wants to invest years in a career that destroys their work-life balance. My best answer to this question is, “ummm, … More Do Planners Work a Lot of Overtime?