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BIG PICTURE PLANNING

“Let us make no small plans.” – Daniel Burnham
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir


Big picture planning demands a perspective taken across urban planning specializations; across areas of professional practice; across cultural and religious traditions; and across municipal, regional, national and even international boundaries.

Big picture planning embraces technological, environmental, economic, and social advances across all of these artificial boundaries. It is a philosophy which recognizes that our cities have so much in common - and as individuals, so do we.

Big picture planning requires an appreciation of history, and recognizes that so many of the issues being discussed and debated in our cities today were also discussed and debated 50 and 100 years ago: including health, pollution, traffic, crime, advertising, mass transit, parking, walkability, livability, housing, poverty, etc.

Although every city is unique, big picture planning acknowledges that precious resources (human, economic, environmental, and time) are wasted when each city, state and country sets up its own coalitions, committees and task forces to solve each of these same problems over and over again, by perpetually reinventing the wheel with varying degrees of success.

Every city can improve. Every city can be better than it is today.

Smaller cities with limited planning staff will benefit from my "jack-of-all-cities" approach, which allows me to fill in gaps in employee training and expertise.

Larger cities with widely dispersed planning resources will benefit from my ability to bring staff together around common goals, to direct policy, and to recommend clear, actionable solutions.

My assessments are based on best practices, personal experience, intuition, innovation, common sense, and my travels.

Feel free to contact me with a special project you'd like me to consider. (email:
myron@cityplanner.ca)

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