I am tempted to win your favor by declaring I wrote this Almanac for Planners solely for the public good. However, this is insincere and you are too wise for the deception of this pretense. The fact is I am excessively poor and, unfortunately, excessively wifeless. To address both problems, I must begin to make some profit since every potential wife always asks, “What kind of car do you drive?” I always have to reply, “I walk”, and the potential wife thinks I am a deviant.
Indeed, this motive would have been enough to write this Almanac many years ago except for the overwhelming desire of the public and professionals to only hear what they want to hear and my overwhelming desire to secure a salary. I am now of sufficient age to no longer care about telling people what they want to hear but only about what they need to know. This has freed me to write this Almanac for Planners in increments of ten cause it worked for Moses and the Almighty. Hopefully, my Almanac gains your likes and retweets as a means of demonstrating the usefulness of my efforts but also your charity to this poor Friend and Servant,
71. Committees default to the average in pursuit of consensus and, over time, lower the standard of average to absurd levels of mediocrity.
72. “For God so loved the world that He did not send a committee.”
73. There aren’t any statues to committees anywhere in the known world.
On Architects and Planners
74. Architects and planners are notorious for making your bed but never laying in it.
75. “Would I live here?” should be the first question any architect or planner asks. If the answer is no, then it is wrong.
On Urban Planning
76. Old planning paradigms die hard when they most deserve immediate execution.
77. With Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes at epidemic levels, it’s time to stop planning cities to have our cake and eat it too.
78. Cul-de-sacs are not just about disconnecting streets. They are about disconnecting ourselves from the world around us. Isolation is their nature.
On Institutional Inertia
79. It is always better to do something and be wrong then do nothing.
80. “That’s the way we’ve always done it” is a clear sign of institutional inertia that nobody is thinking.
The Issue 9 cometh soon!