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In the “My City” process, project-based events take the place of meetings, beginning with small gatherings that lead up to midsized events in temporary spaces. Eventually, momentum leads to a large event. Events do not require a Planitorium.

“MY CITY” THE PROCESS Planning from the Bottom Up “My City” is a proposal to revive and update Dean George Damon’s participatory process for any city that seeks to reconnect the vision they have for their city with the results that follow. As in 1916, an updated process would “support, not supplant” the city’s current process, helping provide the bottom up momentum needed to accomplish a common community vision. UPDATING “MY CITY”—WHAT IS DIFFERENT? Formalizing An updated process would make formal the Project-Event-Survey-Plan approach of “My City” in 1916, a process to refining an emerging vision that is common to all cultures: there is an idea, feedback is sought, a plan is created. The Myth of Style Though the City Beautiful Movement is often associated with Classical architecture, the Pasadena movement was explicit in not endorsing a particular style of architecture, but instead sought to generate public dialogue and format input into a spectrum of potential options.








"My City"  

"My City" tells the story of Pasadena’s City Beautiful Movement and the century that followed, exploring how this proven approach can be rev...

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