Thursday, April 20, 2006

Apropos of the Charrette

Since my real name came out, I've heard a lot more feedback from people than when I was just Hayduke. One of the more common things I've heard people say is that my opinions on things, particularly the charrette, aren't very consistent or aren't grounded in some concrete mindset.

I am trying to write a post that better explains my position, but it's taking longer than I expected.

However, today at a training seminar for work, there were several James Rouse quotes posted around the room. One of them stood out to me as a pretty good description of the principle I've tried to adhere to when thinking and writing about the master plan; indeed, I tried to say basically the same thing in a letter to the editor I wrote the week before the charrette.

The quote is: "We need a commitment to boldness in contemplating the future of this country."

If you substitute county for country, it about sums up how I feel about the charrette.

A lot of what has been going on post-charrette, I think, is slowly diluting the boldness of our vision.

Oh, there's also this quote: "Forget feasibility: it will compromise us soon enough."

That's all for today.

3 comments:

Evan said...

Actually one of my big problems with the plan is the lack of blodness and vision. It is very cockie cutter without any sign of understanding of the place it is being done or the true creation of connectivity that it declares as its goal. To check out a set of solutions that I think would be more in line with the type of boldness Rouse would do check out my post http://howardcountyblog.blogspot.com/2006/03/lets-talk-solutions.html

Ralph Waldo Emerson said...

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.

Hayduke said...

Thanks, Ralph. You about summed up what I was planning to say in my longer post.