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THE UNIFIED MAP PROJECT Among the most surprising aspects of planning today is that the view of the future in city planning is as vague and lifeless as modern media and virtual reality is alive and vivid. While it’s possible to see just about any street in any city today with Google Earth’s Street View feature, planning has yet to produce regularly updated views of the city as it will appear in 6-months, or a year from now, even though the information exists. Writing about “My City” in 1916, Dean Damon noted that “It was thus found desirable to be in a position to answer any question regarding the physical part of the city and a set of maps was

prepared showing the topography, the drainage, the street systems, the parks, the boulevards, the transportation systems, the water systems, the fire zones, the industrial districts, etc; and as far as possible, approved proposed extensions of all these systems were shown on the same maps.”

The Unified Map

As in 1916, the Unified Map combines all plans into a single map. The need and potential of the Unified Map Project is also covered on page 92, 137 and 145.

A revived “My City” Unified Map Project creates a cross-jurisdictional, multi-agency layering of all available maps into a Unified Map that includes proposals and previous plans, as in 1916. Projections into the near and distant future would allow citizens to see potential directions for their city, serving as a visual link to what’s being proposed in their neighborhood and across the city.

SHIFT PRIMARY FORM OF DOCUMENTS FROM PRINTED TO DIGITAL FORMAT Today, planning documents are designed to primarily exist in printed form and secondarily as a digital document­, generally a pdf. The 710 Freeway Environmental Impact Report (p.85) and Pasadena’s 2015 General Plan (p.83), both lack extensive hyperlinking, bookmarks and other digital features. Using digital Project Documents would save on expensive printed documents that are not easily updatable and so complex they’re not very readable. The Projects Chapter also details potential features of Project Documents.

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OVERVIEW

PROJECTS

EVENTS

PLANITORIUM

NEXT STEPS

CONCLUSIONS

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