Bang! Zoom! To the Moon!

Let’s just pause for a second and take a breath.

July 15, 7 pm. Click to enlarge.

This blog went live late on Tuesday of this week after a few hours of set up and scratching out a couple of posts. Cia whipped up some graphics from aerial photos I had taken and a photocopy of an assessors map. By the end of the day on Thursday—kaboom!—Bolton Center Historic Neighborhood Blog had made a list (see right) of the 7 fastest growing blogs out of the 11.4 million blogs hosted on wordpress.com!

You gotta be kidding me!

Ok, it’s easy to see big growth when starting from such small numbers, and it was just that one day. But still. This little community blog about a small New England town center clearly struck a chord.

I am very pleased that there has been such heavy activity in page views and visits, and particularly pleased with the volume of comment. This is the kind of conversation and openness we need on this crucial topic. I have received many communications from people saying—thank you so much, I had no idea this was going on. And we need to hear from more of you. If you’re reading this and have something to contribute that’s meaningful, please don’t hesitate to jump in.

I am more convinced than ever that what happens here (the Smith property) will go a long way toward determining what the center is like in 10 or 20 years, what the town is like in 10 or 20 years. The issues are complex. A mistake on this could be devastating on many levels. Let’s keep talking.

—Roland

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