Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Blog Article, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I built a play table for my two daughters a few years ago with some shelves and a play rug from IKEA. Over time my girls began constructing a Lego city on top of the mat, so to make the surface a little more “Lego Friendly” I had a large piece of plexi-glass cut, and one afternoon I took their Lego off and put the plexi-glass on top. Then, I started to rebuild their city for them….using the rug as a guide, as my “Master Plan.”

My kids were devastated…I had ruined their city…I had ruined their life…

Where did I go wrong? I mean I know how to build a city, right?

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A Poor Plan

The plan was flawed. I reconstructed their city following the IKEA mat religiously, without questioning its design. That was where I went wrong. I now recognize the design is terrible and my daughters had every right to be upset, here is why:

Ikea Mat

  1. This road goes out into the water for absolutely no reason. How did the environmentalist and fiscal conservatives even allow this to get into the plan?
  2. I like the crosswalk to the beach, but maybe it should be on the east side of that busy arterial street…you know, to where the larger beach area is…where you’ve shown the umbrellas?
  3. The traffic circle serves absolutely no purpose. It should be moved a little more to the west to align with the intersection. And while you’re at it, take another look at the road striping…something just isn’t right.
  4. I like the urban agriculture here, but I think you could have taken it further. Based on how strong the wind is blowing, as evidenced by the flags throughout, maybe some turbines? While you’re at it, how about some solar panels in the desert, and tapping into that molten lava for some geo-thermal heat.
  5. A tunnel through a mountain, next to a volcano that is spewing ash? What for? Economic development? It’s literally going through a desert. Delete.
  6. I know it’s nice to have some local commercial throughout the city, but a store in this location is just unrealistic.
  7. A lot of cities have brought their stadiums into their downtowns to spark revitalization and activity. The stadium here makes absolutely no sense. Was the impact of the city’s only neighborhood even considered? While it reminds me of Orchard Park (Go Bills!), I think it’s a bad idea. Relocate.
  8. This is a prime opportunity site in the middle of the city and we are leaving it empty? Don’t tell me its “too rocky” – you’ve already demonstrated that money is no object. Why don’t we level this site and put something special here? A town square or central park?
  9. Not sure what this is – a permanent circus? A bazaar? A gypsy town? This recommendation needs a little more info.
  10. Some large lot zoning might be okay here, you know, to preserve some of the cities natural resources, but is this just promoting sprawl? Must be nice to be king…private road, private lake, private forest…I think this is a lot of infrastructure for one house. Redesign with more density…with clustering

 

Their Approach

My girls as it turns out, wanted a “Main Street”, not some sprawling spaghetti bowl asphalt mess. So they ignored the plan and built the city they wanted over top. And good for them. Stay tuned, I’ll be following up with my review of their city.

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2 Comments

  1. Bruce Bondy
    November 30, 2014

    Your girls are natural planners!

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  2. Dryden McNair-Lewis
    December 12, 2014

    Not to be argumentative, but I’d suggest that your daughters are more natural urban designers than planners.

    Reply

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