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Architecture & Engineering


By Clair Enlow

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September 17, 2003

DCLU pares down name, bulks up mission

  • After a decade of change, planning has new meaning at City Hall.
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    Any acronym longer than four letters is a mouthful. DCLU used up its available space when it squeezed in Design, changing its name from Department of Construction and Land Use to Department of Design, Construction and Land Use. When the word development recently came into play, it was time to go back to the alphabet and start over again.

    Now, DCLU is DPD, the Department of Planning and Development. The department has come a long way in the past decade, from a bureaucracy set up to react to proposed construction to a more fluid organization, ready to take on the best hopes and thorny issues of a grown-up city.

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