Monday, July 31, 2006

res ipsa loquitur

The rebuilding of New Orleans is the most important planning process in American history. More than half of the population remains displaced far outside the city. Is it adequate to advertise critical planning meetings by simply putting them on your Web site, and adding them to the usual list of meetings in the newspaper? Or would you use more effective mediums of communication like television and radio in various markets?

res ipsa loquitur

The Pavilion of the Two Sisters at the City Park Botanical Gardens is a lovely venue for a wedding reception, but if you invited the entire city to your wedding, would you choose the Pavilion?

res ipsa loquitur

If it were important for people to be able to speak to one another in large groups corresponding to each of the 13 New Orleans planning districts, wouldn't you think that one big room with solid walls, floors, and ceilings would just become one big echo chamber?

res ipsa loquitur

An appreciation of the geography of the city, the rivalry of neighborhoods, classes, and races is vital to an understanding of how to sensitively bring people together into a unified planning vision. Would you call in people who have no local planning experience just days before they were supposed to facilitate planning discussions?

res ipsa loquitur

You want the process to be inclusive and democratic. Would you only invite people to vote in that process who aren't displaced and who have an email address?

res ipsa loquitur

You're a planner, and you want to hold a citywide meeting. Would you open the calendar to make sure you didn't schedule the meeting on the same night as, say, perhaps the most widely-attended neighborhood gathering in the country -- the National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 1st?

res ipsa loquitur

Hat tip: Melinda, for the latin inspiration.

Related:

Adrastos -- fubar

Michael Homan -- Red Dots for the UNOP

Metroblogging New Orleans (Maitri) -- What Is UNOP?: Sunday's Unified New Orleans Plan(ning) Meeting

Becky Houtman -- Unified New Orleans Plan -- My Take So Far on 11 Months of Development

Mid-City Neighborhood Organization -- Sunday's UNOP Meeting

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8 Comments:

At 7/31/2006 06:12:00 AM, Anonymous Karen said...

The THING does speak for itself

hard to believe you could take a City of PTSD victims and have them stand in a line for 45 minutes to enter the 7th circle of Hell

 
At 7/31/2006 07:20:00 AM, Anonymous adrastos said...

Great stuff, Schroeder. I'll be posting soon, I had to do some editing so I wouldn't mess up things in my other world.

 
At 7/31/2006 09:13:00 AM, Anonymous Maitri said...

Great work, sir. Couldn't have said it better myself. 20 chairs per booth? Whom weren't they expecting?

 
At 7/31/2006 10:37:00 AM, Blogger Michael Homan said...

Well said Schroeder. I still can't believe that it happened now 24 hours later, but no time to reflect, as we have to freakin vote in another 24.

 
At 7/31/2006 11:21:00 AM, Anonymous adrastos said...

I sent our mutual friend S links to both our posts. It will be interesting to hear what she thinks.

 
At 7/31/2006 12:19:00 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...

Yeah Karen. Actions speak louder than words in this instance.

Nice job on yours as well Adrastos. There's more than one can really address slapping together in a blog post.

Maitri -- I can't wait for my tasting!

You know Michael, the shrill sound of the woman who talked like we were all in Sunday school is still ringing in my ears, "Five minutes. Finish what you're doing in five minutes and report."

Hi mutual friend! When are you going to restart your blog?

 
At 7/31/2006 03:08:00 PM, Blogger dillyberto said...

Could be worse...

You might have Raiders season tickets.

You could be watching Aaron Brooks in his first start Sunday...

and try to be excited about it.

 
At 7/31/2006 03:17:00 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...

Ha! Some team actually signed him? Man!

 

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