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If you Could Be the City/Urban/Regional planner

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BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!v

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St. Cloud, Minnesota.

It's a disaster.. and I like challenges!

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Baton Rouge Louisiana

I could write/right a book on this; but I'll spare the details, here are a few reasons.

An overgrown town painfully growing into a mid-size city.

Poor planning; made the Top 25 sprawl list.

Not enough connectivity. Figuring-out the best location for a Interstate-Bypass/Loop.

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Definitely Chicago, IL. First on my list would be repairing Meigs Field and bringing it back online.

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Bridgeport, Connecticut, few cities have squandered the natural gifts given to them than lovely Bridgeport....

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New Orleans!!!!

I would plan vast park and wetland areas in the flood zones and concentrate the housing in the few higher ground areas. The levees would be higher and much wider with a park and trails system ringing a good part of the city.

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Road layout - Atlanta

If I could replan New Orleans, I might have to plan the whole thing upstream.

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Oh gawd if only! If i could i would re-do my hometown of Honolulu and tear down Waikiki and some of the other nasty high rise residential neighborhoods that are an architectual embarrassment! I'd also make more streets bike friendly, create smaller city blocks, plant more native trees and shrubs around the city, light rail, push and promote affordable row house neighborhoods in Kaka'ako and push for the old plan of creating a University urban village along University Ave near Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa, continue to fix up the Honolulu Harbor, Chinatown and allow lofts to be created above some of the businesses along the King Street corridor and Waialae Ave. etc etc

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Richmond... for goodness sake... we need better planners. They threw away our trolley system... bad bad Richmond and now they're destroying our history or favoring certain histories.

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My choice would be a tie btween fayetteville Nc and Atlanta Ga

Fayetteville has a river and doesn't even use it. This is what I would do.

First I would have downtown right on the river. I would use the steep grade to my advantage. Imagine streets leading to and from downtown lined with midrise buildings and rowhouses on a grade. I also would improve the connectivity on both banks of the river so one side is built up and the other is all woods. This is one of the most important things...a decent grid pattern for the cbd and inner ring hoods. Also street names stayed the same until it got to an area not incorporated or hasn't been annexed in to some other town.

Second I would not allow the retail that was located downtown to leave. I would ensure there was a viable populatin near the core to support retail. I remember going downtown for school cloths at the Capital department store. Also the was a Hoffhiemers and other stores that were pretty packed with shoppers.

Finally I would do something that some of you forumers might not like but hey its my dream so...I would run I-95 downtown. Well maybe not Richmond downtown but close enough so you can see the core of the city, neighborhoods and industry. I gotta give the travelers on 95 something to break up all of the rural scenery crap they see while speeding the hell out of eastern NC. I also would have an entertainment district located on the riverfront complete with a trolley lines, gas lamps, cobblestone streets, historic markers, statues(for better or for worse Braxton Bragg confederate general and so forth...). Methodist college would be closer to downtown and the Crown arena also. A little long winded but hey you asked....

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I've always wanted to be the one to map out a plan for my own city, so I'd definitely choose Shreveport. There's so much already, but so much left to do and so much that could be done better.

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funny how i seem to disagree with almost all the ones on here i'm familiar with. Bham? Atlanta? New Orleans?

depends on what you mean by replanning the whole city and whether you want to plan it for cars, etc. Bham and Atlanta have very interesting cores. they may have their faults, but they would be loooow on my list. their early periods of development provided them with downtown infrastructures that are interesting, if not paragons of easy automotive egress (particularly atlanta). in terms of the metro areas - yes, they need to be replanned, but what city's metro doesn't? accommodating auto sprawl is a band-aid, at any rate - it only encourages more sprawl.

New Orleans?

tucson is springing to mind as a city i would re-plan. ever since de white mon took over, the grid has absolutely killed the spanish urban form that had begun to grow there. that form featured irregular 'blocks' with buildout to the edge of the street, shared interior courtyards and businesses anchoring the corners. in its place is the enormous regular city block with individual property zoned so that buildings cannot be adjoined and dedicated parking for most indivdual buildings. come on, tucson! don't be phoenix! wait - okay, phoenix is creeping up my list....

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Detroit

Realistically, what other city has phenomenally inexpensive land, amazing historical architecture, major universities within a short drive, diverse demographic profile, already home to the global headquarters of several major corporations, and is on the verge of redevelopment at a scale that has not been seen since the great fire of Chicago?

It is like a fighter jet about to launch off an aircraft carrier. The jet is at full power forward the cable is as tight as it can get, all it takes is a release and the rest of the world will wonder what happened!

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New Orleans. I'd build it ABOVE sea level so as to make sure another hurricane doesn't level the city. I would bring good-paying, high-quality jobs so that college grads can have places to work after graduation.

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This would be Grand Rapids, MI if I had my way.

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But then again when it comes to my opinion of skyscrapers, the taller they are, the happier I am.

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This would be Grand Rapids, MI if I had my way.

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But then again when it comes to my opinion of skyscrapers, the taller they are, the happier I am.

Great skyline, but "ewwwww" at all those freeways.

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Great skyline, but "ewwwww" at all those freeways.

Those are already there. It was most of the skyline that was added.

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Little Rock, we turned away Fed Ex bc they wanted substantial upgrades to our airport...looks like it was a bad move (see Memphis)

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