Urbana’s Mismanaged Public Relations

December 18, 2006
The association of bozo and Urbana is well ingrained in Savoy-Champaign’s local culture.

Here are a few examples:

  • A university entomology professor wrote in the 2000 departmental newsletter: “Life as an Urbana bozo is good—and we are not even part of Big Grove.” (Actual reference is on page five of this link.)
  • Last September, a participant in the West Urbana Neighborhood Association (WUNA) discussion list referred to himself as a mere Urbana Bozo.
  • A local blogger expressed the hope that Urbana’s new Meijer store would help Urbana shed its “bozo” image.
  • A Champaign resident, complaining about Lincoln Square parking in a November 23 letter to the editor referred to the “Urbana Bozo bandwagon.”

The mismanagement of Urbana’s image is a failing of Urbana’s Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Bruce Walden.


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