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LESSONS

the Planning Profession Turns 100: Lessons Learned in Cities Today

A Century of Lessons The planning of cities originates in the growing tribal villages and towns of the ancient world. And yet, until the invention of the automobile and the rise of the modern city, the profession of planning was part of the general practice of architecture and building.

C O N T E N T S

In 1909, the first National Conference on City Planning was held. In a later publication of the proceedings, it was noted that“the conception of planning as a separate profession was not apparent in the 1909 meeting… it was clear that the delegates were not thinking about forming an organization that would treat city planning as a new profession.”1

Turning Vision into Results...............91

By 1916, however, that had changed. Opening that year’s conference, Dean George A. Damon presented a paper called “How to Get Started in City Planning the Pasadena Way” (p.44). He set the tone for the conference theme of helping cities understand the value of planning by introducing the “My City” approach and discussing the value of public participation. Raymond and Colorado Blvd.

A block from Pasadena’s original main intersection at Fair Oaks, the corner of Raymond Avenue and Colorado Boulevard is seen here in 1986. Illustrated by Bruce Litz.

Another 1916 article by planning pioneer Charles Mulford Robinson noted the first ten colleges to teach courses in City Planning (including Dean Damon’s in Pasadena). These courses, in turn, would yield the first planning professionals. That same year, New York City’s Zoning Resolution began the planned allocation of city areas by usage.

A Century of Modern Planning.......88

Momentum...............92 A Question of Open Space...............94 Lessons of Form.......96 Lessons of Process...98 Fixing the Broken Link...............99

The 2016 centennial of the profession of planning presents an opportunity to take stock of some of the changes in the planning and compare the current conversation and best practices with the lessons learned in Pasadena a century ago.

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OVERVIEW

PROJECTS

EVENTS

PLANITORIUM

NEXT STEPS

CONCLUSIONS

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"My City" tells the story of Pasadena’s City Beautiful Movement and the century that followed, exploring how this proven approach can be rev...

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