Posted January 2nd 2011 at 11:09 am by
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The Year I Found Urban Planning

or: A New Framework, New Ways of Envisioning the City (and a little fun)

The Year I Found Urban Planning2010 will go down in my personal history book as the year I knew I wanted to be involved in the world of planning. As a journalist, this realization shook up my career trajectory but, more importantly, it shifted the way I think about cities, people and ideas. Here were a few of my more exciting planning-ish moments from the past year (in no particular order).

Discovering Jane Jacobs: The book that started it all, and helping to create TXT-Urbia, a new blog project all about reinterpreting urban texts in a modern-day context.

Wurster Hall, Berkeley: Six-weeks in the [IN]CITY program introduced me to mentors, colleagues and cool new ideas.

The Year I Found Urban Planning

P-Patch Party: Nothing like getting down and dirty and helping to bring some much-needed GREEN to my Capitol Hill neighborhood.

The Year I Found Urban Planning

Understanding how waste is processed was both fascinating and scary. Garbage is beautiful.

The Year I Found Urban Planning

Technological Sublime?: Seeing Oakland/SF’s new Bay Bridge from the Bay was, simply put, very cool.

Of course, the above is only a snapshot of my year. I also ate a lot of food, hung out with a lot of cool people, traveled to some neat places (SxSW!) and took a bunch of pics of really cute dogs (and one cat). Here’s hoping the year to come is half as rad as 2010.

Post by Karen Johnson. This post is part of the 2010 Year in Review series. Anyone is welcome to submit a post by emailing with your text and image.

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