Fascinating little snafu in Burlington last week. A very hard-working local activist, Lea Terhune, called a meeting to organize against a new Senior Housing development slated for the Apple Tree Point section of Burlington’s New North End. Wet-land is at issue, and Terhune says that Infill Development Group’s project would “warehouse [seniors] in a swamp.” Not one to mince words, Lea Terhune.
But the problem involved attendance, really: an Infill exec saw the notice, and decided to attend.
Whammo! Terhune stood her ground and refused the developer admittance; the developer actually hotfooted it over to the City Council meeting then in progress and cried himself a river.
Infill’s argument? That since the meeting appeared on Michael Wood-Lewis’s vast Front Porch Forum, it was duly and publicly warned.
Will Terhune defeat the forces of Darkness? We don’t know. Will the development rise from the swamps of the New North End? We don’t know that either.
What we do know is that the Front Porch Forum has now been elevated beyond a mere local-networking tool: it has become required political reading for those on any side of any issue, any policy debate, any ongoing campaign.
Peter Freyne observes Wood-Lewis carefully during last year’s Blogger’s Bistro event.
So who won the Skirmish of the Swamp? Wood-Lewis, that’s who. The medium is no longer merely the message, in other words.
It’s the Michael.