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For planner dorks: a cartoon just for you

January 7th, 2010 · 9 Comments

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, this cartoon from the latest New Yorker captures current planning at its best, don’t you think?

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  • . . . or making sure only 12% of the view will be lost.

    May we post jpgs too . . please . . please Frances?

  • bill from the southside

    City Planning – Trail, BC

  • J R Wares

    How droll.

    I hope the Vancouver elected representatives and the professional planners have a sense of humour and can laugh at themselves (not an attribute widely shared among elected representatives).

    Great cartoon.


  • Bill Lee

    That’s a Sidney Harris cartoon! high on the popularity charts with scientists for ones in American Scientist, older Current Contents Weekly and many other places. Many funny books too (“I’ll show you proof”, “What’s So Funny About Science?: Cartoons, ” “You Want Proof? I’ll Give You Proof”
    (about 200 entries on

    Far too much joy at

    and a brief bio at for which he contributes about 3 to 4 cartoons a week.

    Ah, where is Norris, Krieger, Aislin, Giles, Low and other one-panelists?

  • Hoarse Whisperer

    LMAO!!! And thanks, by the way, I needed that…

    A Rube Goldberg future, if ever I saw it.

  • Dan Cooper

    Looks a lot like Granville Island, no?

  • WW

    Could someone draw the Vancouver version?

    – drop the steel mill
    – put the rest atop a container terminal (along with a soccer stadium if you so choose).

  • Gassy Jack’s Ghost

    The Vancouver version would also include an ill-placed basketball hoop, dumpy public art, three spindly trees, a few salvaged heritage details with no architechtural context, and lots of toys dogs peeing on everything.

  • FBT


    “dumpy public art”

    A bunch of stop signs maybe?