Sunday, May 22, 2005

Cheap Personal Publicity

"Cheap personal publicity" is how my grandfather George Owen Bradford used to refer to any mention of himself in the local newspaper.

I got a lot of that -- even more than I was expecting -- in this morning's News & Record. I had sent this column to N&R editorial page editor Allen Johnson, but editor Elma Sabo really took the bit in her teeth and ran with it. So I got a splashy, front-of-the-Ideas-section feature, entitled, "Mr. Wharton's Neighborhood," with some artwork from my favorite local cartoonist, Tim Rickard.

I won't be coy. I've never met a blogger with a small ego, and I'm no exception. We write because we want lots of people to read us. I started blogging because I wanted people in Greensboro to start thinking and talking more about urban (and suburban) planning, design, and architecture -- and, of course, because I wanted to say a few things myself on those subjects. So I really got my wish this morning.

It will be interesting to see whether Greensboro's real estate and development industry has anything to say in response.


Anonymous said...

You should also link back to Smart Growth Will Be Driven by Greed and Envy.

Anna in Calif

Rob Ainbinder said...

Congrats David-

You've got a shot at Developers being exsposed to your ideas (and the evidence to support them.)

But, I doubt that many in that profession will peruse your blog.

I can illustrate my point here . The Developer community largely seems to not get the Internet beyond a brochureware business Website. Blogs? What's a blog?

Jim Rosenberg said...


The Grunkle Guru said...

Congrats David!

Your passion and energy for re-urbanization is commendable.

Now, if we could only get you a few million buck-a-roos to invest in these causes something might get done.

Joe Guarino said...

Congratulations, David. As always, very engaging.

Joe Killian said...

Wow. Congrats on that. That's got to be one of the best examples I've seen of someone starting a blog for a specific, stated reason (enough of a rarity) and having their work and interests as a blogger embraced and amplified by traditional media.

Just looking at it I assumed you had to have coordinated it with them closely - if only because it seemed so well realized. The people at the N&R are clearly paying attention. Good on both of you.