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Bottom-Up Planning that Supports the Public Process

Reviving “My City” does not change the later stages of the planning process described on page 79, but instead strengthens its connection and continuity with the early visioning stages of planning.

The process of city planning can be characterized by an open focus in the early visioning stages and then a methodical narrowing of options in the later logistical stages (as detailed on pages 7879). This process is represented by the winding white line on the opposite page. An updated “My City” process includes: A FOCUS ON THE EARLY STAGES OF PLANNING The bottom-up planning process of “My City” takes place before projects are formalized. A spectrum of potential scenarios is investigated through events, surveys and preliminary proposals.

An actual project is formally initiated and financed between the early and later stages of planning (see page 79).

SUPPORT, NOT SUPPLANT Reviving the “My City” planning process would support, not supplant, the good efforts of the Pasadena Planning Department and its Commissions. This bottom-up approach is complementary to the existing process, emphasizing the early visioning stages of the planning. By facilitating greater participation and building a common vision earlier in the process, “My City” does not change or modify the later stages of planning, but instead creates a stronger link between the public vision and the reality of what is built.

EARLY, VISION STAGES OF PLANNING Reviving “My City” strengthens the early visioning stages of planning, before a funded project proceeds through the current planning process, focusing on a spectrum of schematic solutions.

CROWDSOURCING “My City” uses an open call for public participation, allowing people to bring their knowledge, experience and ideas to bear in finding planning solutions. For their part, participants receive the satisfaction of making a difference. The Projects and Events chapters in this document detail this approach. MOMENTUM FROM THE BOTTOM UP The role of the “My City” planning process is not to create a final plan, but instead explore a range of potential directions and measure public sentiment for a range of scenarios. By presenting its work to the city for potential input into the existing process of planning, “My City” can provide both momentum and formatted input for the city’s official planning process.

This description of top-down and bottom planning continues from the introductory description on page 22-23 and is a thread of logic that weaves through pages 79, 91, 115, 156 & 159.





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"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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"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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