Thursday, December 31, 2009

Aaaand, we're live (mostly)....

After a bit of a break to regain some mental, emotional, and social clarity, Cleveland vs. the World is back. It is my intention to bring to you information regarding all of the great things happening in and around the City of Cleveland. When I started this a few years ago there were only a handful of voices promoting the city online; however, due to the wonders of the internets, everyone and their mother can give voice promoting whatever it is they hold true - including more pro-Cleveland voices then I can count. So it would appear I have much to do in order to gain/regain the followers I previously had.

I believe the product I presented before, with a little tweeking, will be something readers will want to see. For new readers, this will consist of... well, what is says up top. Its New Years Eve, I have home-made potstickers to make, and I want to make this short.

We are just a few hours away from the perceived start of a new decade. My friends at PLANetizen just posted an article from US News and Reports stating Urban Planning will be one of the "top 50 careers of 2010." Hot damn! I hope this true. Since graduating with my Masters in early 2007, I've been unemployed (except for a few temp jobs - most of them related to my field). To me, THIS is the way to start out a new decade.

Urban Planner - US News and World Report

Urban Planner
As one of the 50 best careers of 2010, this should have strong growth over the next decade

The rundown:
Building a new park is no walk in the park. You'll need to study how the land is currently used, hold public hearings to get community input, and forecast how many people will use the park. Then, factor in zoning and environmental regulations, where sewer systems and fire hydrants will go, and staying within the city's budget. The same goes for building a new housing development or school. If all goes well, urban planners change the face of the city or at least make sure that its water and electricity continue to hum behind the scenes. But you'll need to be a bit of a diplomat to get all the stakeholders to agree to your plan.
[See all of this year's Best Careers.]
The outlook:
An expanding population has created the need for additional transportation systems, affordable housing, and schools in many parts of the country. The urban and regional planning field is expected to grow 19 percent from 38,400 jobs in 2008 to 45,700 jobs by 2018. Most of the new jobs will be with state and local governments.
Upward mobility:
Experienced public-sector planners can transfer to larger cities with more complex problems or move into related occupations, such as director of community or economic development. Some urban planners also go on to work in the private sector designing corporate campuses or outfitting firms with seamless security systems.
Activity level:
Urban planners travel frequently to inspect land under consideration for new building projects or regulation. A considerable amount of time is also spent using a computer to analyze data and projecting outcomes under various scenarios. Reports and proposals must be presented to legislative committees and elected officials. Anticipate evening and weekend public hearings about how shared spaces should be used.
[See all Education and Civic careers.]
Stress level:
Urban planners often have tight deadlines and work schedules. They may also face acute pressure from citizens groups or politicians who strongly favor or oppose specific building projects. Be prepared to explain and defend your ideas and negotiate compromises.
Education and preparation:
Most positions require a master's degree in urban planning. Those with additional computer skills, particularly GIS software, will have an advantage in the job market. Certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners may be helpful for promotion.
[See U.S. News's Public Affairs Specialty rankings: City Management & Urban Policy.]
Urban and regional planners earn a median salary of $59,810. Those working for local governments make less on average ($58,260), than, say, those working for architectural or engineering firms ($63,770). The top 10 percent of planners make more than $91,520 annually.

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LAST DAY TO REGISTER - Cleveland Design Competition - Project 2009: Lakefront Station

Cleveland Design Competition - Project 2009: Lakefront Station

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