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jasmine

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do any of you have blogs? like in blogger or livejournal? just wondering...i've been wanting to see and read about lives of urban planners, designers, architects, and etc...and i haven't really found a lot of urban planning blogs.
 
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I am not a planner yet and I do not have a blog. But I do have a couple of websites. I get accused of "telling my life's story" in some of the forums I am in -- not this one -- YET! -- and some of that ends up on my homeschooling website. http://califmichele.com -- Michele's World of (Twice) Exceptional Homeschooling.

But given that I joined this forum last summer and I have like the 36th most posts of all 700 and something members, I suspect that some people FEEL like I "tell my life story" here. However, Rumpy posts WAAAAY more than I do -- or anyone else in the forum, that I can tell. So I don't feel too bad. :)
 

BKM

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Don't have one myself (I keep busy slacking, I mean opining on other blogs/discussion boards) But, a couple I would recommend include David Sucher's excellent City Comforts blog and The New Colonist, which has been recently reformatted more as a blog (no opportunities for comments, though). David Sucher is the author of "City Comforts" a how-to book discussing little things you can do to make your neighborhood better. A bit of a New Urbanist focus.)
 

Dan

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I used to maintain a personal Web site, and then a blog, but I've been slacking when it comes to maintaining it. I might restart from scratch this summer.

There are some planning-related blogs linked here. I have to update the list, though; maintenance of the Resource Directory has taken a back seat to the Forums and other Web projects. A great planning-related blog from a an ordinary planner-type is The Bus Stop by Heidi Schallberg.

Many other Cyburbians have blogs, but to protect their privacy they don't distribute the URLs. Get to know them, and you'll get some more linky linky.
 

monkeyflower

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jasmine said:
do any of you have blogs? like in blogger or livejournal? just wondering...i've been wanting to see and read about lives of urban planners, designers, architects, and etc...and i haven't really found a lot of urban planning blogs.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, and its much-maligned neighbor Ypsilanti have a thriving blog-scene that doesn't actually include many planners, but has lots of planning students and planning-savvy residents. It just sort of coalesced within the past year as people found each other and encouraged participation--most of the blogs I either stumbled upon by googling for "ann arbor blog" (you might try the same) and then looking to see who the commenters were on planning-related or local news posts, and following back to their blogs. These days, public forums on any major planning issue see two or three of us in attendance. Because of my experience in this group, I've become strongly positive on the potential of blogs as a tool for raising awareness/caring of planning issues and coordinating action.

For a taste of how this works...

  • My blog is Common Monkeyflower
  • Rob Goodspeed, a history student, ran a university and city news blog called The Goodspeed Update, which has been retired upon his graduation last month, after he started up ArborUpdate, with a panel of 8 bloggers, to take its place.
  • Brandon, starting planning grad school in the fall, writes Past the College Grounds
  • An "anonymous" graduate student writes Ann Arbor is Overrated, which mainly exists to tear down the locals' egos.
  • Steven Cherry writes the (NOT WORKSAFE) Seat of the Revolution, which alternates between protecting Ypsilanti from its desire to gentrify and become Ann Arbor II and discussing guns, motorcycles, and art porn (responsible for the not work-safe bit).

There's also a local meta-blog called ArborBlogs , which has on-again/off-again discussion of serving the local blog scene in various ways. At one point there was a list of about 75 local blogs and livejournals on that site, but I'm not seeing it now.

That's a really long-winded, self-boostering answer to your question, but maybe you'll find it interesting?
 
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