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Field Report: CBNO

I’m writing this on my first day back at work on the winter end of the Thanksgiving holiday. Due to a happy coincidence of several idiosyncratically scheduled days off, this was the longest I’ve been away from my place of service since I joined the VISTA program almost a year and a half ago. The break from work was nice, but I feel like the tryptophan hasn’t left my system.

Only time will tell if that’s a legitimate reason for concern or not. Right now, though, I’m going to hedge my bets and be concerned. I’ve loosely targeted the end of the year as my objective for completing a draft of the blight resource guide I’m working on. To this point, progress has largely been dependent on the cooperation of GNOHA members and development-focused-or-otherwise-interested parties. There are pros—I’m not an expert so I can’t do this by myself—and cons—I can’t just do this myself—to this approach, but it’s going to require some nimble communication to keep all the moving parts synchronized. Good thing I’m not comparing my state of mind to a chemically induced sense of lethargy.

It feels like my good habits and my bad habits are doing this, knee-deep in mud

It feels like my good habits and my bad habits are doing this, knee-deep in mud

There are other things coming up on the horizon for CBNO. We’re checking data.nola.gov regularly, hoping to find the City’s shapefile containing a map of neighborhood association boundaries. That will go a long way to helping determine the next steps of our neighborhood boundary mapping project.

It also looks like we may have the chance to have a Tulane intern work on our Citizen Participation Project evaluation project in Gentilly next semester. I won’t say more until those details are finalized, but I’m excited about the potential for the CPP to play a part in someone’s undergraduate education.

Things are moving more quickly as 2013 draws to a close—here’s hoping I start to move quickly with them.

We could quibble about the neighborhood boundaries within it, but I'd encourage potential interns to come get experience in community organization in Gentilly

We could quibble about the neighborhood boundaries within it, but I’d encourage potential interns to come get experience in community organization in Gentilly

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