5 Side Hustles for Urban Planners
Graphic Tools for Urban Planners
Planners are storytellers and are always looking for ways to effectively communicate plans, regulations, and other sometimes complex concepts and ideas. Included in our planner toolbox are a number of graphic tools that we feel can be utilized by planners to help better communicate with their audiences. We've highlighted some of them below:
Nature recently published an interesting article that discussed what some cities are doing to stay cool amid the changing climate. Many of the examples come from large cities that are utilizing green roofs (rooves?). Anyways, while that’s all fine and dandy, most planners do not work for these select few cities nor do we work in jurisdictions that are always receptive of policies overtly geared towards mitigating climate change. What can we do that will have an impact, any impact on reducing climate change?
According to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, "Graduating in a recession leads to large initial earnings losses." In other words, the surplus labor force allows employers to be more stingy on offering relatively competitive wages and benefits. In addition to wage stagnation/deflation, millennials are also saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. Millennials have taken longer to start families and buy their first home. This in part due to delaying these "gratifications" in exchange for investing their time and money into four to six years of college education. Here's a neat little infographic on millennials.
Five Urban Planner Beard Types
No two planners are alike, and that's what makes us great! Okay, that's not entirely true. What often sets us apart is that some of us are rocking some pretty serious face tuft. We've attempted to classify the type of planner that might display some dank man whiskers: