DC to launch Cultural planning process: kick off meeting next Wednesday
As can be discerned from the various pieces I've written about DC cultural resources and planning issues from even before I started blogging (in 2005) I am not particularly optimistic that DC is capable of creating a robust, thoughtful, and innovative cultural plan.
Over the past few years, such plans have been produced for Chicago, Boston, and Brooklyn (Culture Forward Planning Document, Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District)--thanks to Christopher for the heads up on the latter. (And many other places have done such plans, and not just in the US.)
People have been critical ("City Arts Crisis: Boston Creates, One Year Later," Boston Magazine) about the planning document in Boston, which I haven't yet read, but they criticized it as a doppelganger of the plan for Chicago, which was criticized as being produced by a planning firm not based locally, but frankly, reading it, I thought the Chicago plan covered the bases very well.
I have a big problem with criticism in planning being about "out of area" planners, because frankly, cities, neighborhoods, organizations, and metropolitan areas function similarly regardless of location even though micro-circumstances differ, even if at the building-by-building and organization-by-organization scale, they are unique.
I don't have time to get to it til next week, but I will write a survey piece about cultural matters in the city, comparable to how I produced such documents/blog entries in association with the city's retail planning, transportation plan, central library planning, and State Rail Plan processes.
Come to think of it, except for the DC State Rail Plan, I don't think those documents had much impact.
- Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar
- Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - 901 G Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001 -
Labels: cultural planning