When I received the opportunity to take on a blogging internship with Global Site Plans, I was excited to become more engaged with issues of urban planning and development in New Orleans. Over the last six months, this internship has helped me develop new skills, as well as given me a deeper appreciation for the progress happening in my city.
The publishing schedule of the blog kept me constantly in tune with new developments and initiatives that are shaping the City of New Orleans. From an award winning post-disaster house to a guerilla skatepark that has found official acceptance, inspiration was everywhere. I felt proud to summarize the developments for fresh food retailers and artist housing, sharing the innovations happening in New Orleans with readers of the blog.
The internship has also been an outlet to help me explore my personal feelings about issues in New Orleans. As New Orleans has made great strides in improving conditions for bicycling recently, I was able to draw upon my own experience as a bike commuter to highlight the need to build upon that momentum. Additionally, as a resident that spent her first six months in the city working in the unfortunate footprint of the new hospital district, this blog helped me to take something that was personally upsetting and report on it from the viewpoint of others.
As I end my time with The Grid, I take stock of my newly developed blogging skills and my rekindled curiosity for New Orleans. I will continue to be engaged in issues shaping my city, continuing to read, research, write – and hopefully influence – the urban landscape in future personal and professional endeavors.
To all readers and commenters, it’s been a pleasure.
Credit: Photos by Jessica Yoon. Data linked to source.