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PROJECTS

Principle Four: Ideas Presented so they May be, Not Approved but Improved

The Typical Project Document & Video Until recent decades, Pasadena had a Comprehensive General Plan bound in a single document. Today, the general plan spans more than eight documents. Planning has become so laden with jargon and coded acronyms that it is unrealistic to expect anyone to read or comprehend it.

Even with a revived “My City” approach and planning documents that are easy to understand, it is still unrealistic to expect many to read a graphic document without there also being an introductory video that introduces the topics covered within. Coupling project documents and videos is the key.

PROJECT DOCUMENT VIDEOS In a revived “My City” approach, two types of videos compliment the project document. The first is the Project Overview Video, which uses the graphic document as a backdrop to cover the main themes. The second is the Page-by-Page Video, which gives a quick description of what’s on each and every page. An example of project document videos can be found at pasadenapassages.org.

PASADENA PASSAGES PART II: A PILOT PROJECT OF “MY CITY” 2016

THE PASSAGES PROJECT EXPANDING ON A 1916 PROPOSAL FOR A PEDESTRIAN PROMENADE

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ABRIDGED DRAFT

PA S A D E N A PA S S A G E S .O R G

STRUCTURE OF PROJECT DOCUMENT With the Passages Project serving as a case study of how a Project Document can be structured, it’s color-coded organization utilizes simple standards for graphic documents, including the following broad guidelines.

HISTORY AND BACKGROUND As laid out in the 1916 exhibit, history and background are essential to understanding the unfolding logic of planning over time. Planning today is often devoid of meaningful history. By presenting previous plans and proposals, “My City” has the potential to provide greater continuity. PRESENT CONDITIONS As in the Progressive era, a frank assessment of current conditions might also include approaches similar to Dean Damon’s “We Object Corner,” pointing out what needs improvement. OPTIONS FOR THE FUTURE The heart of the Project Document is the presentation of scenarios that grow in specificity with each revision of the document. QUESTIONS THAT REMAIN, COUNTER-NARRATIVES AND CRITIQUES The“My City” document lists topics yet to be studied, Requests for Solutions (opposite page) and criticism received.

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NEXT STEPS

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