Two poems to sum up


The two poems below emerged as I participated in last week’s Canadian Institute of Planners / Alberta Professional Planners Institute conference held in Banff, Canada.


Perpetually unfinished cities

We do not take

this place for granted

as stewards

we threw away

our cities

we now reclaim

the future


changing climate

where more is better

spirally upward

to walkable urban neighbourhood

places making


perpetually unfinished

serially created

with no fixed destination

the city’s conduits

are webs of learning

recovering, adapting


Learning cities

learning cities

are naturally


connecting everything

we do


simultaneous success and failure

catalyzing complexity



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