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Planning Today A city has many facets, but chief among its defining characteristics are the planning decisions made about the architecture, streets, and open spaces that define both the private realm and public commons. Today, long-range planning often takes a decade or more, shaping the landscape of cities in ways not well understood by the public. Too often, planning is a source of confusion, frustration, and fear, rather than civic pride, inspiration, and excitement about the future. CONTENTS
Current Process..... 77
Mayor & Council
Important Topics.... 81
City Manager & Staff Commissions
People in the Planning Process... 82 The General Plan.... 83
The Environmental Impact Report........ 85
Vision This diagram of planning begins with a vision at the bottom and moves up to results.
Many of these challenges are the result of the growing complexity and ever-increasing demands of the modern city. This chapter explores the shifting focus that is needed in city planning from the early visioning stages to a more top-down approach with a greater emphasis on logistics at the end of the planning process. Though Pasadena utilizes a â€œcouncil-managerâ€? form of government, with a City Manager serving as the Chief of Staff (p.84), its planning process shares the same challenges faced by cities everywhere.