In October 2011, I began my internship writing for The Grid. I had always been interested in the potential that social media can provide as a platform for discussions about urban planning and design. Aside from this, I did not quite know what to expect from the experience. Six months later, I am leaving my blogging position at Global Site Plans with a heavy heart and a tremendous amount of gratitude for the learning experience that this internship has afforded me.
In writing about urban planning and environmental design issues in New York City, I was able to explore local planning topics of personal interest to me, ranging from waterfront infrastructure, to business improvement districts, while sharing these topics with a virtually limitless audience. Ultimately, however, the articles that I most enjoyed writing were topic areas that I had the least prior exposure to. Writing about the cost and value of website maintenance and how small scale urban planning, engineering, architecture firms, and environmental non-profits can benefit enormously from it was a challenging and eye-opening experience for me as a planning student.
In my future graduate coursework in City and Regional Planning, and in my future professional life, I will take with me many lessons learned during my time with Global Site Plans. Mostly, I have gained a true understanding of the potential of social media to provide a platform upon which ideas and information can be exchanged without geographic limitations. This may sound like a simple observation, but I feel that the concept is quite profound. Thank you to Renée van Staveren, and the staff at The Grid, for providing me with this opportunity.
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