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A PROPOSAL TO REVIVE AND UPDATE

“My City” THE PRINCIPLES OF THE PROCESS “Recognizing the important fundamental that the city as a whole is wiser than any one citizen or committee… if some way could be devised for the city to express its own wishes, the resulting plan would be much better than a collection of theories from a single individual, or even from a limited group.” Dean George Damon

Using Pasadena, California as a case study, the process outlined in the chapters that follow are presented for any city that seeks to create a more enduring commitment and the momentum needed to successfully plan the next century of growth and development. In 1916, Pasadena’s City Beautiful Association, under the leadership of Dean George A. Damon, created a participatory planning process known as the City Beautiful Movement which helped shape much of what is loved about this city today. Building on the efforts of 1916, this chapter gives an overview of how the “My City” exhibit can be updated to encourage the bottom up momentum needed for planning to succeed today. A simple ProjectEvent-Survey-Plan approach provides an early visioning proposal supported by a survey of public sentiment. This input into the city’s official planning process seeks to “support not supplant” and in so doing it helps strengthen this essential and too often disconnected first half of the planning process. This bottom-up process focused on the early visioning stages of planning and providing a spectrum of potential solutions and public preferences for consideration in the official process.

CONTENTS “MY CITY” PRINCIPLES 1. Bottom-Up Planning that Supports the Current Public Process............104 2. Present Ideas in a Manner that All Can Understand......106 3. A “Clearing House” Policy...............112 4. The Revision Principle: Not Approved, But Improved.........115

By gathering public input further upstream, “My City” creates a stronger link between the early visioning and later logistical stages of planning to better face the challenges of growth and development in the 21st Century.

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OVERVIEW

PROJECTS

EVENTS

PLANITORIUM

NEXT STEPS

CONCLUSIONS

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"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...

"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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