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Amy Campbell

Amy Campbell
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12/08/2006

The Month of Standing Still

Ever notice how nearly impossible it is to get things accomplished during the month of December? A few religious holidays, and suddenly the entire country is paralyzed with some torporic fever. Need to get something fixed? Forget it. Trying to mobilize a project? Don't bother. Need to get somewhere, buy something, find something, talk to someone? No, no, no and NO. If you're a go-getter, the ...
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12/07/2006

From the pockets of babes ...

I've been blogging about the concept of giving, as we are thrust amid the season that simultaneously inspires joy and misery, energy and exhaustion. We feel more compelled during this month to "do for others," though I suspect for many the urge is as equally fueled by a sense of obligation and desire for acceptance as it is about genuine kindness. That's the cynic in me speaking. But I read ...
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12/04/2006

Living the Giving Season

Most people recognize this time of year as a "season of giving," but for businesses, it's also a time to reach out to the community and connect with customers. Without diminishing the value of philanthropic motives, you can view these weeks as a unique and wonderful marketing opportunity during which you promote your toy drives, food drives, fundraisers, etc. For example, yesterday's Hudson ...
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11/29/2006

Crystal ball for construction professionals?

I think most business professionals, particularly investors, would love to have a crystal ball in which to catch glimpses of their financial future. Self-storage developers take their chances with location, competition, zoning boards and the like. Of course, they hope to remove as much uncertainty as possible by conducting feasibility studies and due diligence before building or buying. But there ...
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11/27/2006

Self-Storage: The 'Classified Ad' of the Real Estate World

Wondering what the heck I mean by THAT? Then you'll want to read today's blog post by Robert X. Cringely. He's drawn an interesting comparison between self-storage and the the classified ad section of your daily newspaper—both are "modest but lucrative" and generally underestimated in terms of financial impact because they aren't "sexy." He also believes self-storage to be a phenomenal ...
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11/20/2006

Heck, no, we won't go!

Just a quick update on the Pasadena conflict between Southern California Edison and Persson's Nursery: On Friday, I mentioned there was a demonstration scheduled for the following morning. This did occur. Approximately 60 resident members of the Pasadena Open Space Preservation protested outside the farmers market. The group has managed to gather 4,000 signatures from community members who want ...
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11/17/2006

Bashed by Pas editor and resident!

Boy, did self-storage ever get bashed by a Pasadena resident, who also happens to be an editor for the Pasadena Star News. Yesterday he published an editorial as part of the ongoing argument to save Persson's Nursery. I've been following this fight in the blog over the past few weeks. It's the saga of a storage developer attempting to lease land out from under a family-owned business that has ...
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