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“MY CITY” Principle Two: Transparency

Present Ideas in a Manner That All Can Understand Before 1910, the profession of planning did not exist separately from the professions of architecture, landscape architecture and engineering. In the Progressive era spirit of direct democracy, the 1916 exhibit was characterized by one reporter as having “ideas presented in a manner all can understand.” Today, planning language presents projects uses indecipherable coded acronyms and specialized language that the public can not understand. The following approaches would help make the presentation of ideas easier and more effective. SIMPLE LANGUAGE: A SHIFT AWAY FROM CODED ACRONYMS TSM, TDM, BRT, LRT: Planning is riddled with acronyms, abbreviations and coded language that is meaningless to the general public and a barrier to understanding and involvement. The 710 Freeway Environmental Impact Report includes an appendix listing over 380 acronyms: At 2260 pages, there is no reason big phrases can’t be spelled out.

VIDEO SUMMATIONS OF PLANNING DOCUMENTS As the public is reading less than it did a generation ago, planning documents must adjust accordingly. Two types of video introductions help people better understand projects and documents: 1) The Video Overview and 2) The Page-by-Page Video (p.113). THE TIMELINE FORWARD VIEW: WHAT THE CITY WILL LOOK LIKE Citizens want to see what their city will look like as projects are proposed. Allowing citizens to visualize changes to their neighborhood and making it easy to see the city a year in the future would help realize the goal of better connecting the early visioning and later logistical stages of planning. See the Unified Map Project on the opposite page. THE POTENTIAL OF A FORM-BASED VISION Where Use-Based Code regulates primarily by use (residential, commercial, etc) and includes guidelines of building form, Form-Based Code regulates primarily by basic building forms and secondarily by use. The “My City” approach has the potential to begin the form-based code process in its approach to Projects (p.111) and Events (p.119).

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CONTENTS

PREFACE

INTRO

MY CITY 1916

MAIN ST.

TODAY

LESSONS

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