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“MY CITY” PARTICIPATORY PLANNING: CITIZEN ROLES

Roles With a goal of involving more people in the creation of their future and planning of their city, a revived “My City” process would encourage involvement from a broad range of people. To that end, it is worth considering the ways in which people can engage with the process. THE CITIZEN

THE STUDENT

Civic inheritance is not only found in the contributions of past generations, but also in the rights and responsibility people have for shaping the future. “My City” creates a forum for meaningful civic engagement.

Students are encouraged to submit and respond to the “Request for Solutions” contained within each project and display their ideas in the science fair atmosphere of a “My City” event. THE POLITICIAN

THE NEIGHBORHOOD ADVOCATE

Neighborhood Watch keeps eyes on the street and helps keep the city safe. Neighborhood advocates, in turn, are often the most informed of citizens. They help maintain continuity and are key to “My City.”

The “My City” process makes room for any public servant, member of council or aspiring politician to take any active role they deem fit in leading the development of a common vision.

THE ARCHITECT & PLANNER

THE DEVELOPER

Within the “My City” process, the citizen architect is invited to delineate their vision in the realm of architecture and planning, including proposals related to the project “Request for Solutions.” See page 122.

Developers have a key role to play in both the evolution of the urban landscape and the “My City” process and are encouraged to take an active role in presenting and molding a common vision for the city.

THE ENVIRONMENTALIST

THE CRITIC

Citizens who are active environmentalists can take a more engaged role in advocating for their agenda in the early stages of the planning through the “My City” process, which is a ready forum.

For some, being an active member of the community involves the ability to take a critical stance when others are not. The citizen critic has a key role to play in the “My City” process.

THE SOCIAL ACTIVIST

THE PUBLIC INTEREST GROUP

Citizens who are active in advocating for any social cause are encouraged to bring their agenda and its priorities to the table within the “My City” process.

Local groups have a key role to play in the process and would be encouraged to come to the table and advocate at “My City” Events as also discussed on page 59.

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CONTENTS

PREFACE

INTRO

MY CITY 1916

MAIN ST.

TODAY

LESSONS

"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...