Local Foods Local Places Community Discussion and Stakeholder Workshop Recap

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What a success!

Last week Friends of Lafitte Corridor held a two day community discussion and stakeholder workshop to develop a community plan to increase access to healthy local food and reassess interest in future community gardens and farmers markets along the Lafitte Greenway. Not only was interest still there two years after the development of the Lafitte Greenway Master Plan, but the number of attendees who turned-out motivated to see these projects come to life was tremendous.  With over 80 community members in attendance representing a diverse group of organizations and neighborhoods, you can imagine the amount of great ideas that resulted from the discussion. Technical support was provided by the Local Foods Local Places initiative helping the community turn those ideas into action plans. Below is a recap of the two days.

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Lafitte Corridor Projects: St. Louis Street and Broad/Lafitte Streetscape

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The Department of Public Works is starting construction in May on two infrastructure projects that will improve the pedestrian, cyclist, and motorist experience around the Lafitte Greenway. On May 7, 2015 DPW and the Sewerage and Water Board held a public meeting at the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center in which they shared the following details about the St. Louis Street and Broad & Lafitte Streetscape Projects.

Broad and Lafitte Streetscape--Aesthetic and safety improvements, landscaping, and traffic calming measures on N. Broad St. between Orleans Ave. and Bienville St.

  • Broad St. will be transformed from 6 traffic lanes to 4 traffic lanes between Orleans and Bienville;
  • Bike lane will added to between Orleans and Bienville, connecting to the existing Broad Street bike lane;
  • New trees will be planted on the neutral ground and along the sidewalk;
  • There is a traffic plan for Broad Street during the construction to allow for safe pedestrian and transit-rider access;
  • Project cost: $713,315.00;
  • Construction is scheduled to begin in May and last through fall, 2015. In general construction crews will work from 7:00am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday.

St. Louis St. Repaving--removal and replacement of the existing asphalt roadway, replacing damaged sidewalks and installing American with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps between N. Claiborne Ave. and N. Broad St.

  • Sidewalks will be widened from 4 feet to 5 feet on St. Louis Street between Broad and Claiborne;
  • All intersections within project limits will have crosswalks;
  • Project cost: $1.5 million;
  • Construction is scheduled to begin in May and last through fall, 2015. In general construction crews will work from 7:00am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday.
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Moonlight Movies: Annie

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Families and groups of friends brought out their blankets and lawn chairs to kick off memorial day weekend with a free outdoor movie screening of Annie.

Held on the lawn of the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, right alongside the new Lafitte Greenway, the screening was a partnership between Friends of Lafitte Corridor, the New Orleans Film Society, the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, and Providence Community Housing. 

Annie by Director Will Gluck is the 2014 reboot of the Broadway classic, starring Louisiana native Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role and Jamie Foxx as mayoral hopeful Will Stacks, an update of Daddy Warbucks.

The screening was part of the New Orleans Films Society's Moonlight Movies Series. Click here for information about NOFS's upcoming screenings.

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Walk & Roll to School Week

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New Orleans celebrated Walk & Roll to School Week on May 9-15. Friends of Lafitte Corridor partnered with Bike Easy and the Tulane Prevention Research Center to celebrate the students that walk and bike to two great Lafitte Corridor schools--Success Preparatory Academy and Phillis Wheatley Community School. We joined our partners in passing out snacks, drinks, and safety equipment to students, and participating in a walking school bus!

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Bayou Boogaloo Root Beer Float Float

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The Root Beer Float Float made its maiden voyage at the 2015 Bayou Boogaloo, May 15-18. Friends of Lafitte Corridor members and volunteers staffed the floating stand throughout the weekend, selling brimming root beer floats to festival-goers arriving by foot or by paddle.

The Root Beer Float Float is a partnership between Friends of Lafitte Corridor and the MotherShip Foundation, host of the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo. 

Friends of Lafitte Corridor extends a giant thank you to the over 40 volunteers that made the Bayou Boogaloo weekend possible!

Local artist, sculptor, and design business STUDIO3 inc. designed and built the watercraft, equipped with a giant root beer float sculpture. Expect to see the float back out on the water at the 2016 Bayou Boogaloo.

 

 

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500 N. Carrollton Citizen Input Meeting

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Monday, May 18, neighborhood residents and businesses are invited to come provide input on their concerns and desires regarding the new shopping center at 500 N. Carrollton.

You will also have a chance to see the most recent plans, which have changed considerably since the first release

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DPW Lafitte Greenway Progress Update - April 30, 2015

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The City of New Orleans Department of Public Works issued the following status update on April 30, 2015.

Placement of the asphalt portion of the Lafitte Greenway bicycle and pedestrian path is 100% complete in Areas 2, 3, 4, and 5.  The path in Area 1 is 80% complete.  The path in Area 6 will be concrete and is 50% complete.  The Department of Public Works construction contractor, Durr Heavy Construction, has completed installing most of the trail lighting fixtures in Areas 2, 3, and 4, and continues installation of trail lighting in Area 5. Lighting wiring will be installed toward the end of the project construction, when the project is ready for public use.

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Public Meeting: Broad and Lafitte/St. Louis St. Repaving

Next Thursday, May 7th, the City of New Orleans will hold a public meeting to present information about two upcoming street projects in the Mid-City and Treme-Lafitte area that affect the Lafitte Greenway:

  • Broad and Lafitte Streetscape--aesthetic and safety improvements, landscaping, and traffic calming measures including a travel lane reduction between Orleans Ave. and Bienville St.

  • St. Louis St. Repaving--removal and replacement of the existing asphalt roadway, replacing damaged sidewalks and installing American with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps between N. Claiborne Ave. and N. Broad St.

When: Thursday, May 7th, 6:00 PM

Where: Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center - 2200 Lafitte Street

Click here for an informational postcard on the projects.

Please direct questions to:

Laura A. Mellem
Neighborhood Liaison
Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office
City of New Orleans
(504) 658-4982
lamellem@nola.gov

 

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Cleanup for a Healthier Community

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Friends of Lafitte Corridor has picked up over 1,000 pounds of trash from the neighborhoods surrounding the Lafitte Greenway over the past two months with the help of extraordinary volunteers!

On May 11th, graduate students from the LSU School of Public Health teamed up NOLA Trash Mob litter-fighters, Success Preparatory Academy teachers, and volunteers from Boston to clean up the Treme-Lafitte neighborhood. We are so thankful for their volunteer work to make the Lafitte Corridor neighborhoods clean and healthy!

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Spring Happy Hour

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Greenway supporters new and old came out to Bayou Beer Garden on April 16 to celebrate springtime and the planting of the Greenway. Thanks to all who battled the rain to join us!

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