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Teri Lanza

Teri Lanza
Editorial Director


The Power of 4,000: Self-Storage Talk Community Provides Massive Outlet

Four thousand people belong to Self-Storage Talk, the largest online forum in the industry.Like Critical Mass, SST is also a community, only instead of the issue being biking, it's self-storage. But many of the same benefits exists: meeting new friends, chatting about shared interests, and unifying toward a common mission.
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Self-Storage Construction and Development: ISS 2011 Survey

Would you be interested to know where self-storage facilities are being built over the next 12 months? Would it be useful to understand which markets are supporting new storage projects and the types and sizes of facilities being erected? Inside Self-Storage (ISS) is attempting to collect information about self-storage construction activity in the U.S. and abroad with a newly launched survey, and we need reader input to help us all better grasp the self-storage development landscape.
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Vote in Poll, Discuss Summer Business on Self-Storage Talk

Summer tends to be hectic at self-storage facilities. It's a popular time for tenants to want access to their boats and RVs and recreational vehicles. Likewise, with all of the new marriages and recent college graduates, people are invariably on the move this time of year, not to mention the fact that in most parts of the United States, the weather is actually conducive to moving.
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Self-Storage Talk Provides Support in Times of Transition

This past week and weekend, I observed another instance of how Self-Storage Talk can provide support to those who need it the most. SST, the largest online community in the industry, became a sounding board for a long-tenured  resident self-storage manager who was unexpectedly fired.
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Self-Storage Rules the REIT Roost

Self-storage shined a superstar at this week’s REIT rendezvous in New York, and it has caused a surge of optimism to radiate through the industry. But some ask if REIT performance really means anything to independent operators, and if good news for "the big boys" means good news for all self-storage owners.
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Self-Storage Talk Rolling Out Poll of the Week

In an effort to try something new, and to galvanize the Polls section of Self-Storage Talk, we're going to introduce the SST Poll of the Week. Each week, at least one new poll will appear in the designated section, asking industry pros to weigh in on a topic that affects them.
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The Canada Conversation: Discussing North-of-the-Border Issues on Self-Storage Talk

Admittedly, when posting on Self-Storage Talk, I have a yankee's perspective, as do all of the U.S.-native members of the community. But self-storage is a global business with new developments and opportunities springing up all over the world. In fact, some developers will tell you the hotbed for self-storage development is not, in fact, in the United States but in other locales, one of which is our neighbor to the north: Canada.
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