Methods employed in city planning vary from one office to another, but in general are just about the same. The planner has the information available about the political system of the city required to provide funding for projects. He also has the required information about the traffic patterns and building massing to set guidelines for future building. This is referred to as a master plan. If he ever thinks about the character of his community, it is most likely to be his own visual image.
However, there is an new approach to the method of research into city planning which is concerned with the visual image of the community. Instead of a statistic used to determine traffic volume and the amount of funcint it can provide, this method investigates the citizen himself to find his visual image and then use his responses as a statistic. This seems to be the most valid approach since it has design implications contributed by the citizen himself. It uses his view of the community rather than the sole visual image of the city planner. This does not mean that the citizen has the ability to design his own community by any means. The planner is most likely the only member of this community who has the required talent to handle the data. It is intended only as a method of study of just one factor involved in comprehensive design consideration; an area which up to now has largely been left solely to the aesthetic appreciation of the city planner's talent to design.
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