After a busy day, I rode my bike home along St. Charles at park-rush hour–around 6:30–and was struck, as I often am, by the myriad ways different people use public space. Audubon Park was positively hopping with joggers, runners, cyclists, walkers, frisbee-ers, and others. This is nothing new; parks are made for these multiple uses, and that’s what I love about them. But today there were horses. There’s a stable in the park, but I don’t usually see the horses, even if I smell them. They were certainly popular; I pulled my bike right over to snap pictures and every kid in the place was drawn to them. Adults weren’t far behind. New Orleans is a little bit like New York in that it’s pretty hard to get noticed, there are so many different types of folks doing so many different things. But a horse in the park? We’re all taking notice, rendering the anonymous public space communal in a real sense, if only for a minute. Nice.