As part of a project with GOOD Media and Neighborland a group of volunteers created some signage to make this idea become a reality.
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@Jessica, I think a separate idea thread would help us organize around the concept!
That's a great idea, Alan. Piloting a project is a much more attainable goal, and can provide the proof of concept necessary to roll this out across the city. Maybe it could be a neighborhood-level thing. You'd probably have to partner with the neighborhood organizations and residents to make something like this happen, anyway, so we could light up the city one 'hood at a time. Hm...
I think the connection between lighting and safety is often under-discussed in New Orleans, given how pressing of an issue safety is. It would be interesting to see if the YLC would be interested in just piloting a project on a particularly-ill-lit corridor. Oretha Castle Haley and St. Claude Avenue come to mind.
Dan, thanks for that! Always good to know there's a precedent.
Benjazen, thank you for the venue suggestion. Love the Healing Center! And although you clearly don't want to take responsibility and organize a meetup, you should still join net2no.com and come hang out with us in person! If you aren't a member already, of course. :)
Net2NO (pronounced "NetSquared New Orleans" or "Net Two Know") is known as the "granddaddy the tech and startup community" in New Orleans. Founded in 2008 as a way to get local entrepreneurs, innovato
I' m not suggesting the meetup but know of a great venue space for this and other meeting events: neworleanshealingcenter.org/
Right on Jessica ... Looks like L.A. is piloting a new program - laist.com/2012/05/24/la_shines...
Street Light via Shutterstock Following L.A.'s big announcement this week to ban plastic bags, the city will take another step toward a greener environment with the installation of new solar powered and LED street lights. The Bureau of Street Lighting announced a pilot program today that will bring 100
This idea reminds me of a project I've been fantasizing about for a few years that would light up the entire city (thus solving half the Jeff Davis problem). It could potentially be a YLC project, since they've pulled off epic feats like putting lights on the Crescent City Connection. Here's the idea:
Raise money to install solar powered streetlights throughout the entire city. Every part of New Orleans will be as brightly lit as the CBD at night, which has a ton of obvious benefits. Since the're solar powered, virtually no maintenance would be involved. Each pole could also serve as a bike rack, depending on how they're designed. Lighting up New Orleans is something I'd very much like to make happen, and I think it's feasible w/o city involvement/maintenance (might have to work w/ private property owners if the city objects, though). Not sure how much $$ we'd need, but I've got a solar tech person who confirmed this is, tech-wise, a very doable project. Thoughts?
Dan, the Net2NO meeting was FANTASTIC! Emily did an excellent job with the presentation, both pulling together speakers and putting together an entertaining, informative and inspiring slideshow.
We had the meetup at Eiffel Society, which unfortunately is a venue that doesn't lend itself to discussion in the same way, for example, Le Chat Noir did. My hope was that this topic would involve a lot of discussion and brainstorming, but it was also the first time we've hosted Net2NO at Eiffel Society, so didn't know what to expect. It's perfect for presentation-focused topics, but less ideal for discussion oriented ones.
That said, I'd encourage Emily or anyone who wants to lead the charge to suggest a follow-up brainstorming meeting on Net2NO.com. Any member of Net2NO can suggest an event, and once 3 people RSVP, it'll get announced to the group. The person suggesting the meetup is responsible for finding their own venue, etc., but it's been done before, and can def. be done again! :)
It went really really well. (so thrilled to have been the guest organizer!) Speakers from Park(ing) Day, NOLA RISING, and the Broad to Bayou Team did a great job of inspiring the Net2NO community. Several members came up to me after the event either asking where they could volunteer or sharing stories of little neighborhood improvement projects.
It would have been even better if we set up small groups near the end of the event to brainstorm different guerilla volunteering projects, but there's always next time.