One of our New Year’s Resolutions is to tell the stories of the Greenway and the people who love it. We’re delighted to introduce a new section of our blog, The Green Spot, our monthly spotlight on Greenway users, supporters, and neighbors.
Our first Green Spot features one of our valued board members, Kevin Centanni, a New Orleans native and local business owner. His building is home to Susan Spicer's Rosedale, located along the railroad tracks in Lakeview, alongside the trail extension envisioned in the Greenway Master Plan. The historic and cultural significance of this New Orleans location was something that Centanni hoped to maintain while building his restaurant, which was a previously neglected and abandoned property across the street from his home. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it” he said, until he met the highly renowned chef, Susan Spicer. He thought, “what better chef to be the landlord for in New Orleans?”
The UNO Transportation Institute tracks how many people use the Greenway using automated counters installed on the Greenway at Jeff. Davis and N. Galvez Street. In 2016, the Greenway's first full year open, an average of 746 people per day used the Greenway in the Jeff. Davis section alone.
The data show that the Greenway is most heavily used from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, and it's consistently busy every day of the week. October was the Greenway's busiest month, with an average of 1,158 daily users at Jeff. Davis.
For more details, see the full report.