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Apr. 21st, 2010 | 01:19 am

Professional development over jambalaya and bloody marys.



On the left: New Orleans is natural. On the right: New Orleans is artificial.


I survived my murderous weeks of multiple commitments and travel. I won't have entries about all of the major commitments, but this one deserves a few words. I attended the American Planning Association conference in New Orleans on April 10-13, my first time in both the city and the mega-event of the profession. It's unfortunate that the confluence of both didn't leave me much time to explore the city, but I still liked what I was able to do.




The stated themes of convening in New Orleans for the APA were living with water, grappling with equity in rebuilding, and being innovative far beyond what we would currently call creative approaches in the profession. The White House also sent us Lisa Jackson and Adolfo Carrion to speak on how federal priorities are hopefully going to come our way in our work.

The next time I visit New Orleans (which I hope will be before the end of the year), I want to get a sense of what the city is doing in response to being treated like the Underdog/Comeback City when it looks to be more of just a city. Mitch Landrieu addressed us at the closing keynote by noting that place is not on the largest level of the organization in which we might work; place is the hyperlocal, at the level of one person. I think and hope he's right.

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from: kishenehn
date: Apr. 21st, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
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As someone who's been to a great many professional conferences, I have one thing to say: no matter how good the conference, there is ALWAYS a part of it that should be skipped in order to go exploring!

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Apr. 21st, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
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And indeed I did. :]

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Russell

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from: zimzat
date: Apr. 21st, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
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Real Jambalaya, right? Not that fake soupy stuff that I keep getting served everywhere else in the US?

Jambalaya is supposed to be a rice dish with absolutely no liquid left. Gumbo is the soup dish of the two most common Cajun/Louisiana dishes found. Yet every restaurant I go to with 'Jambalaya' on the menu serves it soupy.

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from: silverthief2
date: Apr. 21st, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
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I have never seen soupy jambalaya and I hope I never do.

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Russell

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from: zimzat
date: Apr. 21st, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
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I'm guessing you've had better luck at getting authentic Jambalaya outside of Louisiana? Anywhere near Ann Arbor, by chance? I'm craving some real Jambalaya and am tempted to make a family visit to Gonzales in Louisiana just to get some.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Apr. 22nd, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
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Nope, never seen any around here. But if I hear of any, I'll let you know!

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