Monday, March 26, 2007

Start To Finish in 10 Days

I didn't have a timetable for mapping this spring break. I just wanted to complete any of the 22 Gentilly neighborhoods we started. Instead, all of the neighborhoods were mapped. That's over 14,000 addresses and 8 square miles. All in 10 days.
It took 30 days when the area was first mapped in December. That included time off because it was holiday season, but it also included a greater availability of residents to help. And the membership of the December mapping group doesn't overlap with the March group.
UNO's College of Sciences let the project use office space again, and the team was there until 8pm last night finishing up. Already this morning, the students have risen and are on their way to the airport. Spring break ends tonight, and classes start again tomorrow!
Haven't been able to upload my weekend photos yet, so the photos are from last week. The top one was taken at UNO. The bottom one was taken in Pontchartrain Park. Jeanne Huang, a Tuck School alum who is part of the Post-Katrina summit planning with me, was in New Orleans, and she wanted to see what the mapping was about. Kolleen, one of the student team members, is explaining how the mapping system works.


Blogger Sarah said...

While Quintus could not imagine getting all of Gentilly mapped over Spring Break. I knew that with the full dedication of the Dartmouth students, residents, and other volunteers this could be goal accomplished.

As part of the original Graduate student mapping team from December and someone who probably knows more about the address and maps and the streets of Gentilly then many of the residents after hours of staring at maps, creating manageable mapping areas, organizing address, and planning assignments, I also understand the breadth of this accomplishment. Gentilly done in 10 days. WOW!! GREAT JOB!

Congratulations to everyone who participated. The project needs to be constantly updated so that Gentilly and New Orleans residents, city officials, and outsiders can truly appreciate the hard work people have put in to rebuilding their houses and neighborhoods and assess the progress that has been made. I know in New Orleans life can feel like it is at a stand still and nothing is getting done, but the figures colleted by the Gentilly project prove otherwise.

My only regret is that I could not be there to help this time around.

Great job!
Sarah Fischer

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