New Orleans, Louisiana is a small and unique city. Somehow, even with a population of 37,000 people, you will always bump into someone you know. With that said, a sense of community is the constant throughout Nola's dynamic changes and progress. We all want to be more involved, have a voice within our community, and make close connections with those around us, in some cities this is easier said than done. Luckily in New Orleans we advocate for all people in all neighborhoods.
Writing for The Grid has been the voice I’d been looking for in New Orleans - to write about and represent various topics of landscape architecture, environmental design, and urban planning directly related to the social and environmental issues of this city. Not only have I had a voice during the six-month internship, I've also developed a deeper passion, love, and understanding of the city I thought I already knew.
Through social media I have had the opportunity to directly connect with other local members of my community who share the same need to relate through current events such as Gulf Coast Erosion and Storm Water Management. These connections have given me the great pleasure of sharing and learning about topics such as Removing Interstate 10, New Orleans Food Desert, and New Orleans Music Regulations. In addition, I've received global opinions on these very local topics; continually expanding my ideas on how we could make New Orleans better.
Working with the GSP schedule has kept me up to date on current events and pushed me to look deeper into surface issues. All of the many skills I have learned will stay with me in my personal and professional endeavors. A special thanks Renee for this amazing opportunity, and Meg for all the great feedback.
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to speak on behalf of a city so dear to my heart. I thank all readers and commenters for taking a moment to look beyond your world and into New Orleans - as I hope it will encourage you to take a deeper look into your own city. This has been such a lovely pleasure!
Credits: Images by Allyson McAbee. Data linked to sources.