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NOLA Young Urban Rebuilding Professionals is serving up its first Next Urban Summit this week — where should a young urbanist go if she’s been on the Katrina damage tour, seen the Garden District, been to jazz in the French Quarter?

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I’m heading down to New Orleans tomorrow to participate in NOLA YURP’s Next Urban Summit. The two-day conference is sure to be an exciting opportunity to talk with some of the other young people who are out there working to improve cities…I’m really really excited, but I’ll also be spending an extra day in NOLA and am trying to think of a new place in town that I haven’t been to. I went back to New Orleans in January 2006, and it was a sobering experience to see the city so soon after Katrina. In the two and a half year since, I’ve chronicled some of the city’s changes from afar. Given that I’ll be discussing rebuilding NOLA and other struggling US cities all day Thursday and Friday, I think Saturday should be spent doing something a tad more relaxing, or at least not so emotionally exhausting. The thought of shopping antiques on Magazine St. just isn’t that appealing. Lazing in Audabon Zoo — done that. Anyone have any off-the-beaten-track places that I should go to?

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Diana Lind is the former executive director and editor in chief of Next City.

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