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Parting Words: Farewell From Michael Jenkins

Parting Words: Farewell From Michael Jenkins

It started with a single hashtag and tweet after a week long Sustainable Decisions and Organizations at the University of Nottingham Business School. It was then that I followed and was followed back by Global Site Plans. I found an incredible interest the articles posted by the urban design blog site. Not once did I imagine that I

Michael Jenkins

It started with a single hashtag and tweet after a week long Sustainable Decisions and Organizations at the University of Nottingham Business School. It was then that I followed and was followed back by Global Site Plans. I found an incredible interest the articles posted by the urban design blog site. Not once did I imagine that I would a featured blogger for the site. It proved to be a great and satisfying challenge for me. My past experience in music far exceeded my knowledge in urban design and sustainability; or so I thought. My 6 month internship with GSP provided me the nesting I needed to curate my thoughts and ideas more clearly. My goal continues to be one in which lends a hand to Oakland and Chicago.

Writing for The Grid has been a fantastic opportunity. I believe it is the power in writing and expressing your thoughts that proves to be insatiable. I always looked forward to writing a new topic and engaging readers into a world they were all familiar with but also with ideas that tested their thinking. This is what Global Site Plans has always meant to me from the first day I began reading the far reaching posts covered on the site. My challenge soon became a comfort and joy.

Looking back, one of my favorite memories from writing for GSP, goes back to my very first article. Thick snow blanketed the streets of Nottingham, a far cry from the sunny weather I am accustomed to at home in Atlanta and San Francisco. Trekking through the unrelenting toughness of the snow, I worked on my first article at a local coffee shop. My approach to writing became far more methodical since finishing my graduate programme at the University of Nottingham. I outlined my research and used professional databases to support and balance my findings. I stayed in the coffee shop for three hours researching and storyboarding the article. After it was finally published, I decided to use Google Plus as a platform to share my writing. It became a widely shared piece in which has led me into intriguing discussions and even receiving invitations into private groups and conferences. I feel as though each article has its own individual story and success, quite similar to what each Grid blogger is to GSP. 

As I leave Global Site Plans, I pack and stow the efforts, the diligence, memories, as well as the greater understanding of urban planning and its connection to economic development with me. As I inch closer into the public sector, an achievement I take with me is the time I spent writing about Nottingham’s public reaching prominence through urban design. This is not a connection, I would have made without my internship, and more importantly opportunity to write for Global Site Plans. I would like to say thank you to my  incredible editor, Debra Hawryzki. Your patience and guidance is what has made a great reading experience for our readers and a wonderful journey for me, possible. I am abundantly overjoyed with gratitude and appreciation. Farewell.

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An Oakland, California native, Michael Jenkins is a recent post graduate from the University of Nottingham Business School with a Masters in Business Administration. Jenkins’ interest in urban regeneration and town planning sprouted during a visit to...

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