Boston bubble bloggers begin meeting OFFLINE

Fellow Boston bubble bloggers,

Over the past few months, a number of us have corresponded about getting together OFFLINE with other bubble bloggers in Boston / New England.  If getting together for one or both of the proposed events below make sense to you and your blog readers, feel free to pass this on or link to it.

1st Boston bubble blogger meeting:  Exploratory meeting for "citizen journalists"

Several Boston bubble bloggers have confirmed their participation in the following.  If your schedule permits, join us for any of these three:

1.  Starbucks (Mass. Ave & Wendell St. in Cambridge) from 6:30-6:55pm;
2.  Berkman Center (see link for location) from 7:00pm to 8:00 or 8:30pm.
3.  Optional discussion over coffee / dinner afterwards, (Maybe Darwin’s, JohnnyDs, or another location.  Call cell phone 617-388-5818 to confirm.)

Berkman’s guest speaker from Newsvine should help all of us get more visibility for our individual blogs and enhance our mutual goal, as independent citizen journalists, of informing consumers about real estate market trends in Greater Boston / Massachusetts.

2nd Bubble Blogger meeting:  Reviewing & analyzing MAR stats

The Mass. Association of Realtors (MAR)
will be releasing their data on January sales on Tuesday, Febuary
28th.  Should we get together the same day or the day after to review
and analyze their statement and what some are now commonly calling
their "spin"?

I think we should invite the public to participate in this meeting,
and even extend an open invitation to MAR, real estate professionals,
and sellers who do NOT think there is a real estate bubble.  (FYI – MAR
released a statement yesterday entitled, "Bay State housing market shows signs of returning to normal."

Ideally, we could meet somewhere with a wifi connection for
laptops.  Better still would be a venue with a wall-sized projection
screen.  I have a projector and screen, any suggestions for venues?

1.  Cambridge:  Darwin’s, wifi but no projection screen room;
2.
A hotel near MAR, easily accessible from Route 128 & Mass Pike
(would require fee of about $150, but we might be able to get a sponsor
or ask participants to share the cost);
3.  Other possible locations?  Please post in comments below, or send to recafe@mac.com.

As always, you can call our reader line at 617-876-2117 to record a comment for potential use in a future podcast. 

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