Monday, August 26, 2013

A Face for Radio

I'm a radio star! Well, not really, but I did manage to get 5 minutes and 19 seconds of fame! I had a short interview about my urban agriculture capstone on Southern California Public Radio 89.9 KCRW.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Community Engagement

In the past, I would lament to friends and family about crummy, dangerous, and incomplete street conditions. My planning education has finally made me realize that I can help change things! I am now a fully engaged citizen.

The other night I joined Bike/Walk Lincoln Park, Active Transportation Alliance, 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith, and other community residents to survey a stretch of Clark Street between North Avenue and Armitage Avenue. When I lived in Lincoln Square, I traversed this stretch on almost a daily basis on my commute to the Loop. Now living in Lincoln Park, I use it just as much as before. There are no bicycle facilities, scary pedestrian crossings, some frighting merges, pinch points, strange intersection designs, and deathly slip lanes. Yet, after walking around and having a great discussion with communities members, it appeared almost everyone was on the same page: Road Diet! Read more about the event here.

Yay for community participation!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Street Cred!

My urban agriculture capstone, Cultivate L.A., is starting to make a buzz in Los Angeles after the official press release for the project was sent out last week. It's nice to get some recognition for six months of hard work (and lots of coordination as the Project Manager). Hopefully, the work of my classmates and I will be of use to residents and urban farmers in L.A. County. A few places that have already written about the project so far (a few additional stories are brewing):

LA Weekly - August 19, 2013

89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio - August 19, 2013

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas - August 19, 2013

Los Angeles Times - August 20, 2013

Update 08.22.13:

Curbed Los Angeles - August 22, 2013

Central Valley Business Times - August 22, 2013

Take Part - August 22, 2013

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Plannerd Alert!

My name is Jaemi and I'm an urban planning nerd. It took me a while to admit it, but I have now come to accept and embrace it. How do I know I'm a nerd? I check Streetsblog Chicago (and LA), the Atlantic Cities, and Curbed at least once a day. I point out bike corrals and people spots/parklets to people and tout their superiority over free parking. I know of future developments on parcels throughout the city. It truly hit me that I was nerding out when friend began to yawn as I explained the benefits of BRT over light rail.  How could BRT be boring?!

Tonight, I plan to reach new levels of urban planning nerdism by attending my first ever urban planning book club. Tonight's book: Planning Chicago. Squeee!!

Update 9:10 p.m.: Just got home. I am giddy to have found a smart, witty, and insightful group. No more will I babble on about planning policy to the manfriend as his eyes glaze over. No, now I have a plannerd outlet... and a signed copy of this book :)