You may have noticed a few new authors posting articles for us lately. The great thing about each of them is that they all work in different career fields, yet all are strong advocates for walkability. We have a politician, a technical writer, a Realtor, and a transportation planner. We’re very lucky to get such a broad range of knowledge and I think it’s part of the reason our site traffic has increased by 2,900% in the last few months and truly is one of the fastest increasing trafficked websites in the world according to Alexa. Let me introduce our newest contributors:
Chris Bradshaw is the first politician to contribute to the website. He is the former leader of the Green Party of Canada and now runs a car sharing service in Ottawa, Ontario called vrtuCAR. America Walks named him the “father of pedestrian advocacy in North America” in 2001. You can read more about Chris in his Wikipedia bio. Look for an article from him in the upcoming days.
Mark Dempsey is an award-winning technical writer and a former Realtor, loan officer (mortgages and SBA), and appraiser. He spent many wasted (what he says) years as Vice-Chairman of the Rio Linda / Elverta Community Planning Advisory Council for the County of Sacramento. He is also very active on the Congress for New Urbanism listserv, where we “met.” You can see Mark’s rÃ©sumÃ© here.
Toby Boyce is s a REALTOR with Disbennett Real Estate in Delaware, Ohio. He spent 15 years as a professional writer for various newspapers and colleges around Ohio before making the move to real estate in July 2006. He also runs a fantastic website — Sadie’s Take on Delaware Ohio — that you should visit.
And last but not least, my friend Lauren Hilliard. She is a transportation planner for Fehr & Peers in Sacramento. She also is a board member for Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) for Sacramento and will be involved in the Sacramento Urban Design Alliance's State Fair Transportation Exhibit this summer. She recently completed a study abroad program in Europe and wrote several articles for this site while she was there. You can view her articles here.
I also don’t want to forget the work that our Real Estate Specialist, Dan Troxel, has put in over the last two years. We’ve been very busy on the real estate side of the business and have lots of great ideas for the future.
Despite our recent growth, I’m going to continue to try and recruit more writers for the site. Why? I want this site to serve as the portal for all-things walkable related on the Internet. I want this site to be a place where people can promote themselves so they can do what we all really want to do—advocate for smarter growth and walkable communities. While there are some great consultants out there spreading the word (including us!), the web items are very decentralized and scattered around. Plus, many advocates do not have the time to devote to put information online.
Sorry for the same old sales pitch—but if you’re a good writer, please contact us. Your articles will be read by several thousand visitors each year. A great rÃ©sumÃ© builder.