Artist Bob Cassilly joked the other day that the New York Times has devoted more space to breathless coverage of his City Museum than has the local newspaper. Too often, it is easier for outsiders to see — and acknowledge our accomplishments than it is for us to do so.
Rollin Stanley, the City’s director of planning and urban design, just sent me an interesting note that makes much the same point.
Rollin recently returned from a short assignment in Atlanta during which he and peers from Denver and Philadelphia were invited by the American Planning Association to advise stakeholders and elected officials on how to restructure and refocus Atlanta’s urban planning department.
What could the City of St. Louis have to teach Atlanta?
According to Rollin, the Georgians were interested in three things:Our use of GIS technology
The degree of leadership we expect from our senior development and planning officials, and the amount of authority we give them to execute a coherent vision
Our efforts to give City land greater value
Five years ago, I told City voters that I wanted to make St. Louis one of the places that other cities came to for good ideas. We’re making progress.