I have been a writer for The Grid for over a year and this will be my last writing. I am grateful to Renee Van Staveren, Global Site Plans, and The Grid staff for this opportunity. A lot has been learned through my own research and also through the writings of my peers. The topics were of varying interests and scopes; and information could be gleaned by the amateurs or professionals who read them.
In all of these writings, we share ourselves. Each of us write about the place where we reside and speak on some local phenomena; be it city planning, zoning, branding, or culture. The writings become reference points for where we were and where we are headed in the physical, social, and geographical sense. The blogs are a quick and easy way for professionals to latch on to important pieces of the local scene in Tempe, or Istanbul, or Detroit; wherever The Grid writing is covering. The Grid writers are from all over the world and are adamant to share their story.
Since I began working in Summer 2011, The Grid will continually see an increase in both the number and perhaps the talent of their writers. I was one of the original writers for this website and am impressed on a weekly basis of the qualified opinions of the newcomers. I have no doubt that one day in the near future GSP’s Grid will be one of the most reputable, and professional, blogs in the world.
I, however, am calling it quits because I have decided that I must spend as much time as possible concentrating on my MBA program at ASU’s WP Carey School of Business. Added to my Masters of Architecture, it should be a strong degree. Both programs are ranked in the top 25 in the United States and the publications department of the WP Carey school is ranked #1 in the world!
I am excited to complete these degrees and begin practicing. I am certain that lessons I learned during my year long post with The Grid will help me in my future studies.
It has been a pleasure writing for you.
Sincerely and Good Bye,
Jeff P Jilek