Over in Montgomery County, the Planning Department hosted an evening with five local bloggers as part of their “ReThink Montgomery” series. The topic of conversation was as follows:
Technology is changing the way we communicate. Our news sources are shifting from print journalism to blogging. How does this transformation affect the field of planning? Does blogging help bring in a broader pool of participants and ideals? Does it make planning more accessible and equitable? Join five local bloggers as we ReThink the way knowledge is shared in Montgomery County.
The bloggers featured in this discussion were:
David Alpert, Greater Greater Washington
Cindy Cotte Griffiths, Rockville Central
Dan Reed, Just Up the Pike
Eric Robbins, Thayer Avenue
Barnaby Zall, Friends of White Flint
Each has a great blog and had great insight into the topic of discussion. In fact, many othe topics discussed do translate well to the discussions we have here in Howard County. If you have some time I would encourage everyone to click over to the Mongomery County website and watch the meeting.
Yesterday, Kojo Nnamdi had three Prince George’s County bloggers on to talk about blogging in their neighborhood:
It's one of the most dynamic suburban counties in our region-- home to diverse neighborhoods and the largest African American middle class community in the country. But Prince George's County doesn't always make it into the headlines of local newscasts and papers. We talk with local bloggers about their communities.
Audio of the show can be streamed here. Again, the conversation was stimulating and the featured bloggers were impressive. The PG Bloggers were:
Gary Stone, South Laurel News and Views
David Daddio, Rethink College Park
Charles Andrews, CHV Blog (Cheverly, MD)
As with most local bloggers, I work hard on my blog and I hold my fellow Howard County bloggers in very high esteem. I believe that Howard County has one of the liveliest, thoughtful, intelligent and diverse blogging communities in Maryland, if not the United States.Hopefully, these types of discussions between bloggers, local government and the established media can be replicated in Howard County.