I couldn't have thought of a better way to kick off my journey to becoming an urban planner than writing for The Grid. Over the past year I have explored an array of planning and environmental design topics through blogging. Each topic has expanded my thinking of both simple and complex ideas, such as what truly makes a community, or what are some of the greatest barriers to entry for individuals choosing bicycling as a means of transit.
Before my internship began, I found myself stumbling upon articles from The Grid over and over again. I thought it was really interesting how bloggers from The Grid were using an online community to share their knowledge and connect with others like myself, who had questions about architecture, planning, and environmental design— ultimately getting the conversation started about important environmental and planning issues.
I'm thankful for being a part of the Global Site Plans (GSP) team and for having had the opportunity to get the conversation started. As I return to school in the fall to begin a Master's program in urban planning with a specialization in transportation planning, I am excited to take this conversation into the classroom as well. I want to thank Renee for the opportunity to be a part of the GSP team, and Debra and Elizabeth for taking the time to provide constructive feedback throughout the drafting process.
I look forward to following GSP as they continue to grow, and watching for future bloggers who join the team from new areas.
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