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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Pimp my burg

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I could have had a rant today about the Transmission Gully saga, but you already know what I think about that. I could have talked about all manner of things, from the proposed extension of the liquor ban to the Dragon Boats to what I'm planning to see at the Arts Festival this weekend. But a much more important issue is at hand: we have a chance to be part of Gridskipper.

Gridskipper bannerFor those who don't know it, Gridskipper is a blog that bills itself as "The Urban Travel Guide", but it's about much more than travel. It does have a lot of posts about cheap flights to Rio or opulent hotels in Budapest, but it also covers all sorts of hip, quirky, decadent and dodgy happenings in cities around the world. From hip-hop exhibits at the Smithsonian and the search for cheap blackjack in Atlantic City, to new DJ bars in Berlin and carnivorous restaurants in Nairobi, it pretty much covers everything that we love about cities. It's been called "decadence on a budget", "an eclectic world travel guide for the Wallpaper* set" and "not for the sober traveler", which all sounds good to me, but it does have one major flaw: it doesn't cover Wellington.

Here's your chance to help rectify this unfortunate oversight. Gridskipper have started a series of posts called Pitch My Burg, where readers can advocate for the inclusion of their favourite city. Is Wellington too small? After all it's no megalopolis. But then neither are Reykjavik, Pisa or Cork, and they're "on the grid". Besides, the first pitch comes from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and if a Midwest burg nicknamed "Furniture City" can bid for inclusion, then why can't Wellywood?

Images of WellingtonI'm more than happy to put in a pitch for Wellington, writing up our case and including the requisite links and images. But I want your help. Why should Wellington be included in a global blog for "savvy and daring urbanites"? Is it our unique combination of villagey compactness and urban vitality? Is it our world record for the number of Oscars per head of population (I just made that up)? Is it the fact that you can't walk down the street without tripping over a piece of great public artwork? Is it the insane and non-stop pace of events that keep the city buzzing through summer and autumn? Is it the fact that we can knock out a damn good Martini and yet still be within walking distance of hippy enclaves, an urban wetland and a great little beach? Is it our spectacular climate, or the fact that we can make this guy into an icon?

Send in your reasons, and let's see if we can get on the grid. If you're lacking motivation, consider this: Auckland is included, but has only deserved two posts so far! We can do better than that.


At 11:03 am, March 10, 2006, Blogger Martha Craig said...

Tom mate, you've got it covered.

A friend of mine is a journo, and did a wee speil on Welly at one stage. Perhaps the hip travellers already know we're here.

At 11:05 am, March 10, 2006, Blogger Martha Craig said...

oops, I meant to say it was for Wallpaper*

At 11:21 am, March 10, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

Oh, I don't suppose it was the article that referred to "morpork" risotto, the "Freyburg" pool and captioned a photo from Devon St as being in Miramar? Perhaps Wallpaper* need better subeditors :-)

At 1:54 pm, March 10, 2006, Blogger Martha Craig said...

ooh, strange. I left a post, and now it is gone. I think half the time I "fail" the word verification.

Nope. It was a few years ago.

At 2:19 pm, March 10, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

The same thing happens to me sometimes, especially if I take a while to write the comment: I think the image gets cached.

Glad to hear that it wasn't your mate who was responsible for that article: it did leave a few things to be desired regarding accuracy. I don't suppose you know whether Wallpaper* are looking for a blogger prepared to fly around the world photographing barely-clad models in front of modernist hotels in Brazil?

At 6:24 pm, March 10, 2006, Blogger the_sifter said...

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At 6:25 pm, March 10, 2006, Blogger the_sifter said...

(made a major booboo so reposting - nice that you can do that!)

Anita Mcnaughty wrote a wee sidebar on Welly for Wallpaper a while back... I've got that edition at home, I'll dig it out and type it up.


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