Student: Zachary Parlee

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The City and County Planning Director, Henry Chen, wants to gather information about Moʻiliʻili. You have been selected as the local planning consultant to prepare a memorandum for him. To prepare the memo, take a map of the Moʻiliʻili area with you and walk around the neighborhood. You can also carry a camera/voice recorder to record your observations on the neighborhood or simply annotate the map. Think about the following questions as you walk around: Where does Moʻiliʻili begin? Where does it end? How do you know? Who were the people you saw in Moʻiliʻili--students, seniors, others? What did you observe about the interactions among cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists? How would you describe the environment--natural, built, social? What would you recommend to make improvements?

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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Urban and Regional Planning, clip 15 of 15
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Parlee, Zachary ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: Not a standard but rather knowledge of what could be. Mililani is kind of the antithesis of Moʻiliʻili in a lot of ways. Very walkable. Very well structured. Uniform. And aesthetically pleasing. And so, not to belittle Moʻiliʻili, but I came partially with that preconception of a good neighborhood as somewhere that exhibits good traits. And so looking through that lens, I was able to pinpoint some of the main problems . . . There is no lack of cultural diversity, but maybe socio-economic diversity. There isn't that dichotomy . . . they're kind of stuck in that 'bad neighborhood.' Maybe it is hard for them to see what it could be.
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Urban and Regional Planning, clip 14 of 15
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Parlee, Zachary ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: [Learning to outline] happened in college for sure. Throughout high school and college, every teacher has taught you how to outline. For me, that really hit home I think. Probably the semester before last (Spring 2013), I did a semester abroad in Australia. I took some classes that require huge papers – viral impact assessment, assessment, term paper, sustainable communities -16 page papers. There’s no way I can do this without planning. Sometimes I would get an Ipod and just start writing, and it would come out but with things this big, you can’t do that . . . I was kind of forced to do it and I saw the benefit in that, so since then even if it was a 3 page paper it’s so easy – you get that outline out.
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Urban and Regional Planning, clip 13 of 15
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Parlee, Zachary ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: Transitions--go from where you're talking about, find some way to fuse it, then just make the transition . . . When you have your outline, and you're actually typing it out, it comes out organically in ways that--your can't force a transition . . . I feel--sometimes things just feed into each other more naturally . . . that's why I have to switch things around sometimes, the transition works better with this here . . . as if it were a narrative, you're taking the reader on a journey in a way that feels very linear to them. So you might begin with community and then go to walkability, and everything naturally flows into one another.
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Urban and Regional Planning, clip 12 of 15
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Parlee, Zachary ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: Yeah I think so. it was such a pivotal course for me . . . it was one of my favorite courses I’ve taken so far mainly because of the way I felt afterwards . . . I felt like I improved a lot as a writer, I gained a huge understanding of planning, I have a greater understanding of myself and my interests and things I can pursue. Generally, it was like going to the gym for a workout and coming back feeling stronger – and you feel good about that. I want to convey to students– or anyone – that courses like this are really invaluable.
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Urban and Regional Planning, clip 11 of 15
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Parlee, Zachary ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: Going elsewhere. I’ve been here my whole life, so it’s sort of that itch to get off the island.