July 08 2013

Aascot Holt’s Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid

Aascot Holt next to a Ghostbusters Themed SUV

This is my 54th post in my 63 weeks with Global Site Plans’ The GRID. It has been worth every paragraph, edit, photograph, and late night.

My post about the potential for coal trains to run through downtown Spokane, Washington caught the interest of the editor-in-chief of my university’s student newspaper, The Easterner, and I soon got a position as a news writer there. My work for The GRID also intrigued my mentors at the City of Cheney and the Cheney Parks Department, and I served as an intern for both departments. Renée, The GRID’s editor-in-chief, believed in my skills enough to send me off to Salt Lake City, Utah for CNU21 and I served as Media Liaison for Global Site Plans and the Congress for the New Urbanism’s 21st Congress for many months.

I have had the pleasure of watching The GRID blossom and flourish in the past 15 months far beyond what I think even Renée expected to see. When I started, I was one of ten or so writers whose work was all edited by Renée herself. It has been so cool to have the support of our readers, fellow blogs, and blog aggregators. Planning-related blogging is such a neat subculture and community.

Naturally, I wish to thank Renée for her confidence in my skills. Thank you for taking me in, Renée. Debbie Hawryzki, my editor for the majority of my time with The GRID, should probably be given a medal. I don’t know if anyone else (especially someone who has never actually met me) would ever put up with my sass and tardiness like she did. A writer is only as good as her editor. All of my victories are shared with you, Debra. Thank you.

Jordan, my fiancé, was extremely supportive of my joining The GRID. Thank you for being my first editor on almost everything I’ve ever written for any publication. My parents are, of course, irreplaceably awesome and supportive. Thanks, guys.

My professors and classmates all thought I was nuts for not wanting to be a planner, but to be a planning writer or editor instead. Here’s to them lighting a fire under me to prove them all wrong.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to write for Global Site Plans’ The GRID. Writing for The GRID has been a pivotal piece to my career. I hope to continue to write and/or edit in the planning field for many years to come.

An original photoshopped image by Aascot Holt

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Aascot Holt

Aascot Holt is an undergraduate at Eastern Washington University, pursuing a major in Urban and Regional Planning and a minor in Geography. She will graduate in the spring of 2013. She is from Stevenson, WA and currently lives in Spokane, WA in a brick 1936 kit house. She is most intrigued by small-city and small town planning, parks and recreation planning, long-range planning, and historic preservation. She hopes to continue her habit of being involved with many planning projects at a time, and fears being pigeonholed. Aascot maintains the “Being A Planning Student” Tumblr as well as her planning-centric blog, The Comprehensive. She is currently writing Cheney, WA’s entirely new comprehensive parks, recreation, and trails plan, completely pro bono. More can be learned about her endeavors via LinkedIn.

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