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[7 May 2013 | Comments Off | ]
Oakland Wiki Jane’s Walk

By Gene Anderson, Our Oakland
Sunday a group met near the Lake Merritt BART station for a Jane’s Walk. Jane Jacobs was an urbanist, activist and author. She’s probably best known for The Death and Life of Great American Cities which argued that urban renewal did not respect the needs of most city dwellers. Each year since her death in 2007, people around the world gather for walks in her memory.
This walk was led by Himy, an Oakland Wiki contributor and neighbor of Jane Jacobs from Toronto. Although he …

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[3 May 2013 | Comments Off | ]
What About When Participatory Planning Is Painful?

By Stefani Cox | EquityCrossroads
I harp on the merits of participatory planning processes a lot, and I believe that they are important in connecting local government with residents in the regions they will be developing. But what about the ugly side of community involvement, when a plan gets entirely derailed or delayed for years, or someone slaps a lawsuit on you after something they found out while you were being a good transparent local government official, or if you just plain disagree on a …

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