Urban Revitalization Blogs
Hi everyone – this is Mike Schlossberg. I’m privileged to be involved in the ongoing urban revitalization of the Lehigh Valley on a variety of fronts. First, in November, I was elected to serve as a member of Allentown City Council; I take office on January 4. As an employee of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, I’ve also served as a coordinator for and supervised the Borough Business Revitalization Program, a regional Main Street Program designed to revitalize smaller urban cores throughout the Lehigh Valley. Last, I was recently appointed to serve as a member of the RenewLV Leadership Council.
I am a huge believer in technology as being a critical component to revitalizing our cities and Boroughs. This can happen in a variety of ways, including through the exchange of information and ideas. As I prepare to take office in Allentown City Council, I sent out a tweet (for those of you who don’t know, tweet is the latest verb to enter our lexicon as a result of emerging Social Media tools – “tweet” is used with Twitter) asking for blogs and databases that would have policy solutions, information and ideas for cities. The response was very positive and Steve actually asked me to share my results with you. Here are the three best.
· Planetizen: The urban planning news website, featuring articles, op-eds, jobs, courses and information for the urban planning, design and development community.
· Governing: Coverage of politics, policy, management, technology, environment and other topics for and about state and local governments.
· Next American City: A national magazine created for and by a new generation of urban thinkers and leaders.
I know there are more out there – please leave your own in the comments below, and feel free to E-mail me at MikeS@lehighvalleychamber.org.