By Nate Dolha
Published: Sept. 28, 2012
First off, please let me welcome you to the first edition of The Squamish Reporter in print, and to UrbaNate.
Urbanate is a place where I’ll look at our community through the lens of an urbanite – providing an outside view of this community we call home. Before we jump in, let me introduce myself.
Many of you will remember me as the bright eyed rookie who sought a seat on Squamish council last fall. Beyond that, I’m a Gen X dad to two amazing kids, married to an amazing lady, and a bleary eyed southbound commuter Monday to Friday.
I have an oversized music collection to go with my undersized carbon footprint, and no shortage of things to say. My day job places me at the intersection of globalization, technology and our daily lives, and I am an unwavering champion for progress.
Squamish has been home long enough to feel local, and the vast potential of this community is what keeps me here.
Now that we have some context, let’s talk about content. This column will relate the experience of the outside world to the challenges facing our community and its citizens; our sagging local economy, our aging infrastructure, local governance, our social fabric – nothing is off limits for Urbanate.
I’m going to seek out ideas to import, and I’ll challenge the status quo.
I want to have the conversation about how we can take what we do, and do it better.
As for you the reader, you’ve already taken the first step towards tomorrow! This newspaper, The Squamish Reporter, embodies what I hope to accomplish with Urbanate; to challenge the established order in a balanced, non-partisan fashion.
To build something from the ground up you have to dare to dream, you have to set yourself apart from the others, and you have to take a risk.
Seeing as no conversation is complete without feedback, let’s close the loop. Do you like what I’m saying? Share it! Disagree? Tell me! Have something to add? Yes please!
Over the coming months, I hope this column will inspire, infuriate, and challenge you.
Most importantly, I hope it starts a conversation about using tomorrow’s answers to solve tomorrow’s problems.