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:
1. The hipster graduate planner
Gentrification, sustainability, inclusive placemaking: this planner knows it all. He’s not afraid to question the process and sees that he agrees with it before he buys in. His selection in a beard style is mostly ironic, but is also an attempt to look as though he’s not your typical bureaucrat. Cool beard, bro.
2. The overworked planner
Underpaid and overworked, this planner hardly has enough time to eat a healthy meal nevermind cut his whiskers. His office is understaffed and he’s just trying to keep it all flowing smoothly. He’s spending ten hours in the day working on the comp plan update, he’s managing ten zoning cases a month, and is up to his neck in development reviews. Someday he’ll be rewarded for his devotion to the cause, but until then, his beard tells everyone that he’s a stand-up guy!
3. The mid-level superstar planner
This planner has put in his dues and has been working hard for the past seven years to get a director gig. He’s knowledgeable and he’ll let you know it. But he doesn’t yet have the tact to take the top job, and still needs a little polishing. Nonetheless, he’s got a great beard and can relate to just about anyone.
4. The planning director
Men of great power have great beards. The planning director beard says that this planner has years of tenure, has made some tough decisions, but can still party like the best of them. A beard is not a prerequisite to landing the PD gig, but man does it help!
5. The FAICP weisenheimer
This planner has seen a lot of things and each strand of hair on his face can tell a story of which you will be more the wiser for having heard. This well-seasoned planner will not hesitate to enlighten all around him, and just has that je ne sais quoi about him which tells you that not listening him will be at your own peril.
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