Monday, July 22, 2013

Cultivate L.A.

Even though I graduated a month ago, there was still work to be done on some loose ends of my comprehensive masters project on urban agriculture in Los Angeles County. But now, with the hard work of my colleagues, CultivateLosAngeles.org is live! They did a killer job creating this website and its interactive map. As for me, I helped design some layouts and edit content. The one thing I am happy to finally make public is the infographic I designed. Check out the website and the full report titled Cultivate L.A.: An Assessment of Urban Agriculture in Los Angeles County.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Getting Back in the Groove

Two weeks ago I moved back to Chicago. So far, so good.  Reuniting with the manfriend has been nothing but unicorns, rainbows, and puppies (joy!). He even threw me a welcome back surprise party! Now I just need to get back into the swing of things and life in the city. I have a multi-step plan for reinserting myself back into Chicago life:

Step 1. Let everyone know I'm back (check - accomplished by said surprise party)

Delicious welcome back cake from Dinkle's for the party

Step 2. Rebuild my bikes after they were shipped from CA to reacquaint myself with the neighborhood (check)

Step 3. Get an Illinois license (check)

The DMV line wrapped around the building. Exchanged a CA for an IL in 2 1/2 hours
(100% on the written test! Booya!)

I am also on the hunt for a job. So while I get back into the social scene, I also need to get myself back into the Chicago planning world. For this I also have a multi-step plan:

Step 1. Join professional and neighborhood groups
American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter, Young Planners Group (check)
Wrightwood Neighbors Association - Planning Group (check)
43rd Ward (they offered an unpaid internship, but I am now on the newsletter list to hear about events, so a half check?)

Step 2. Go to planning events
    Illinois State Bicycle Plan Public Meeting (check)
   A few more coming up...

Step 3. Meet with old colleagues (ongoing, half check)
Had lunch today with a former supervisor and setting up more. This is fun not just for professional purposes, but it's just great to see old friends and catch up. Plus, it gives me a reason to get out of the apartment during the day.

Step 4. Stand out of the crowd (step in development)


It's good to be home!