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It's with a nostalgiac feeling of sadness, but also an optimistic one for the future of freely edited and shared travel info, that I'm leaving my dysfunctional Wikitravel home of 5 years behind.  If you're curious as to where I've gone, and why, find me here [].
Signing off, --Peter
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'''Contact''' me by [[Wikitravel:Using talk pages|leaving me a message]] on my [[User talk:Peterfitzgerald|talk page]] (preferred), or via [[special:emailuser/Peterfitzgerald|email]].  Please email only when necessity dictates that a talk page message is inappropriate (I may not respond otherwise).
*'''Now''' : [[D.C.]]/[[Baltimore]]/[[Assateague Island]]
*'''Next''' : [[Chestertown (Maryland)]], ''[[Churchill|Churchill!]]''
*[[Wikitravel:Administrators|Janitor]] — a few extra tools for keeping things clean.
*[[:wts:Bureaucrats|Soulless functionary]] — let me know if you want to change your account name.
*[[Wikitravel:What is a docent?|Docent]] — for [[Baltimore]], [[Washington, D.C.]], [[Chicago]]'s South Side, and [[Georgia (country)|Georgia (not the state)]]. Please feel free ask me any questions about these destinations and I'll probably have the answer.
*[[Wikitravel:Wikitravel Press|WTP]] — managing editor, co-editor (with [[User:Gorilla Jones|Marc]]) for [[Chicago]] [], and editor for [[Washington, D.C.]] [].
[[Image:PF state and county map.png|thumb|400px|Travels throughout the U.S. (38 states so far)]]
The biggest single article project by far that I've worked on (with [[User:Gorilla Jones|Marc]]) was getting one of my favorite cities, '''[[Chicago]]''', [[Wikitravel:Geographical_hierarchy#Districts_in_cities|districted]], completely mapped, and then up to [[Wikitravel:Article status|star status]], which wound up becoming the template for how we do huge city guides.  I followed suit with my hometown of '''[[Washington, D.C.]]''', and you'll find that the majority of the content there is <s>marred by my writing</s> my handiwork. I'm not quite done with huge city guides, and have been hard at work lately on bringing another couple of favorite cities, '''[[New Orleans]]''' and '''[[Baltimore]]''', up to star status as well. Another long term project will be to district and then raise another favorite home, '''[[Saint Petersburg]]''', to star status (or at least star-quality) on both the English and Russian-language Wikitravels. That will be a bit harder than work on closer-by American cities, but the online research tools (largely for determining what businesses have closed) are becoming more widely available for Russia. If you'd like to sample my work a bit, some of my more readable work includes most all of what you'll find at [[Loop Art Tour]], [[Chicago/Bronzeville]], [[Baltimore/Fells Point]], [[Washington, D.C./Georgetown]], among many others. For TV fans, check out '''[[The Wire Tour]]''', a ''3.5 hour'' driving tour of 54 prominent filming locations from the HBO TV series, ''The Wire''.
The first big task I took on when I started was to create a regions structure for '''[[Russia]]''', and to make sure every one of its ''[[Talk:Russia/Geographic_Hierarchy|105]]'' region articles had meaningful content. In general, bolstering travel knowledge of Russia is a main goal for me, and is no small part of the reason why I started the [[:ru:Заглавная страница|Russian version]] of Wikitravel, in the hopes that we can tap the knowledge of Russian speakers about their own hometowns and regions, and create new travel content that has never before been available. So far we've only had one full article translation from Russian to English, but it's a [[Yakutsk|good one]], with content on a level that has not ever been available to English speakers. I'm planning on a large scale translation of the [[:ru:Санкт-Петербург|Saint Petersburg]] article in the future, after it gets to a more complete state.
One very much unfinished, task I'm interested in is to create '''[[Wikitravel:Regions map Expedition|region maps]]''' for every last region article on Wikitravel, and I founded the [[Wikitravel:Regions Map Expedition]] for this purpose. Even collaboratively this task may be impossible. But, having now conquered all the world's countries and all U.S. states, we're certainly moving in the right direction! A big piece of this puzzle isn't about making maps, but rather about content organization—[[Wikitravel:Geographical hierarchy|dividing geographical units]], which needs to be done before a map can be drawn up, and is always challenging.
Other than these grandiose projects, really my favorite activity here is to help and encourage newer users, since ultimately they are the ones who will help the project grow!
[[Wikitravel:Regions map Expedition]] | [[Wikitravel:Country surgeon Expedition]] | [[Special:Allpages/User:Peterfitzgerald]] | [[:ru:Википроект:Картография-Русская локализация]]
I have now found myself in 26 countries across the world's five most populous continents. The last big adventure was through [[Ghana]], [[Togo]], and [[Sierra Leone]].  The next travel plan is more or less totally up in the air, and I'm of a mind to make it year-long. But in the short-term, it's really high time to spend some quality time with bison in [[South Dakota]] and polar bears in [[Churchill]].
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*[[New Orleans]]
*[[Georgia (country)|Georgia]]
*[[Saint Petersburg]]
*[[Costa Rica]]
*[[Canyon Country|Utah]]
*[[St Davids|A good country pub]]
*[[Virgin Gorda]]
*[[Taipei#Landmarks|Grand Hotel Taipei]]
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<h2 style="margin:0;background-color:#cedff2;font-size:120%;font-weight:bold;border:1px solid #a3b0bf;text-align:left;color:#000;padding:0.2em 0.4em;">Homes</h2>
*[[Chicago/Bridgeport-Chinatown|Chicago Chinatown]]
*[[Chicago/Hyde Park|Hyde Park]]
*[[New Haven]]
*[[London/Kensington|South Kensington]]
*[[Saint Petersburg]]
*[[Middlebury (Vermont)|Middlebury]]
*[[Washington, D.C./Georgetown|Georgetown]]
*[[Saratoga Springs]]
*[[Manhattan/Greenwich Village|Greenwich Village]]
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<h2 style="margin:0;background-color:#ddcef2;font-size:120%;font-weight:bold;border:1px solid #afa3bf;text-align:left;color:#000;padding:0.2em 0.4em;">Travel wishlist</h2>
*[[Dogon Country]]
*[[M'zab|M'zab Valley]]
*[[Interoceanic Highway]]
*[[San Francisco]]
*[[Issyk Kul]]
*[[New Mexico Pueblos]]
*[[Garamba National Park]]
*[[Volcanoes National Park]]
No 1: 7136 S State St
No 2: 6419 S Cottage Grove Ave
No 3B: 8316 S Ashland Ave
No 4: 6241 S Ashland Ave
No 7: 208 E 47th St
No 8: 2521 W 63rd St
No 9B: 2000 W 51st St
No 10: 565 Fair St Atlanta, GA
No 12: 817 W 87th St
No 13: 7310 S Halsted St
No 14: E 53rd St
No 15: 2142 E 71st St
No 17: 1262 S Pulaski
No 18: 8820 S Stony Island
No 19: 808 E 79th St
No 20: 574 Torrence Ave Calumet City, IL
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No 22: 4142 W 167th St Oak Forest, IL
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No 24: 407 E 75th St
No 25: 1350 W Jefferson Joliet, IL
No 26: 9151 S Ashland Ave
No 27: 10259 S Halsted St
No 29: 307 E 51st St
No 31: 19767 S Torrence Ave Lynwood, IL
No 32: 918 W Market Bloomington, IL
No 35: 12700 S Halsted St
No 36: 1361 N Milwaukee
No 37: 5608 S Ashland Ave
No 38: 2444 E 79th St
No 39: 518 W Harrison
No 40: 307 E Garfield
No 46: 3418 W 183rd St Hazel Crest, IL
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No 59: 7247 S Racine
No 61: 1537 S Western Chicago Heights, IL
No 62: 636 S Wabash
No 65: 11857 S Western
No 66: 15914 S Kedzie Markham, IL
No 69: 2218 S State Burnham, IL
No 71: 2109 S Wabash
No 76: 2139 S 17th Ave Broadview, IL
No 77: 39 N Wells
No 79: 15411 S Cottage Grove Dolton, IL
No 81: 1994 Grant St Gary, IN
No 83: 3577 E New York Aurora, IL
No 87: 7348 S Stony Island
No 88: 3844 Marting L King Dr East Chicago, IN
No 89: 14224 Indiana Riverdale, IL
No 91: 5460 Broadway Merrillville, IN
No 94: 2117 W Broadway Minneapolis, MN

Revision as of 20:26, 18 August 2012

It's with a nostalgiac feeling of sadness, but also an optimistic one for the future of freely edited and shared travel info, that I'm leaving my dysfunctional Wikitravel home of 5 years behind. If you're curious as to where I've gone, and why, find me here [1].

Signing off, --Peter