I think it is pretty obvious I am a fan of blogs, otherwise I wouldn’t be doing this. I applaud the City of Beloit for starting up a blog for public participation. They are hoping to bring residents into their comprehensive planning process who normally wouldn’t get involved. I think this is a great way to reach out to a demographic that doesn’t normally pay attention to the inner workings of the city. One slight criticism – I had to go to a blog search engine to find the blog. I couldn’t find it after two minutes of poking around on their site (including using their search tool).
Hopefully this is a successful model and other cities will dive in. Thinking out loud – I wonder if developers should start blogging about their specific developments to smooth the process with their neighbors and the city?