Storming back: Why renewed New Orleans is better than ever

Strolling down the streets of New Orleans today, it's hard to imagine that 10 years ago, after Hurricane Katrina came crashing in from the Gulf, much of the city was underwater. 

The storm claimed more than a thousand lives and caused damages totaling more than $100 billion.

But New Orleans, like New York City post 9/11, has rallied, and is now experiencing unprecedented growth...

...To be completed just in time for summer is the Lafitte Greenway, a 2.6-mile linear park, formerly a canal and railroad right-of-way, designed to bring the community together in celebration of the great outdoors and to reconnect neighborhoods once cut off by urban sprawl...

Source: CNN

Full Article: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/06/travel/cnngo-new-orleans-katrina/


Friends of Lafitte Corridor hosts community workshop on how to bring local produce to park

The Lafitte Greenway was awarded a national initiative in December called Local Foods, Local Places help to incorporate local foods along the 2.6-mile park extending from the French Quarter to Mid-City.

New Orleans was one of 26 communities that was awarded the grant, which totals $800,000.

The Friends of Laffite Corridor, spearheaded by executive director Sophie Harris, held a community workshop Wednesday night to discuss how to integrate local foods through community gardens and farmers markets through local partnership with organizations such as Sprout NOLA and the Crescent City Farmers Market.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2015/05/29/friends-of-lafitte-corridor-host-community-workshop-to-discuss-national-initiative-for-the-lafitte-greenway/


Mid-City Metairie?: Development on N. Carrollton Avenue

Neighbors would like to see local businesses, not chain stores, at the site of the old Home Depot

Carrollton Avenue between Bienville Street and Orleans Avenue has come to be known — not so affectionately — as Little Metairie. The Mid-City Market opened in 2013 with a mix of local shops sharing space with suburban storefronts, a sprawling parking lot and national chains like Panera Bread, Pei Wei Asian Diner, Pizza Hut and Office Depot. Anchoring the development is Winn-Dixie, setting up shop across Carrollton from its grocery store competitor Rouses.

Both developments share space with the burgeoning Lafitte Greenway, an ambitious 2.6-mile "linear" park, pedestrian and bike path and green space that spans from Treme's Louis Armstrong Park to Lakeview. A bike lane runs alongside Rouses and crosses Carrollton to the Mid-City Market.

Source: The Gambit

Full Article: http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/mid-city-metairie-development-on-n-carrollton-avenue/Content?oid=2672529


Lafitte Greenway urban farming meeting scheduled for Wednesday

The Friends of Lafitte Corridor want to jump-start urban farming along the Lafitte Greenway, a $9 million linear park scheduled to open this summer, but it's up to the community to decide how and where to do that.

Those interested in helping formulate a plan are invited to attend meetings scheduled for Wednesday and Friday (May 27 and 29).

The Friends of Lafitte Corridor, a nonprofit group dedicated to improving the new park, won a spot in the White House's Local Foods Local Places program, which aims to improve livability and access to fresh food. Options could include a farmers' market, community gardens and other urban farming programs. The initiative targets the full Lafitte Corridor, so projects could be focused in the park or surrounding neighborhoods, said Sophie Harris, Friends of Lafitte director.

Source: NOLA.com

Full Article: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/lafitte_greenway_urban_farming.html#incart_river


Fewer shops, more Greenway amenities planned for CVS development at vacant Home Depot site

The CVS development slated to replace the former Home Depot site on North Carrollton Avenue will have fewer tenants than originally planned, but more green space and amenities along the Lafitte Greenway, the developers told Mid-City residents Monday evening, while neighbors compiled a list of suggestions about what other businesses should be included and how the project could be improved...

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2015/05/19/mid-city-gets-first-look-at-new-plans-for-cvs-development-at-vacant-home-depot-site/


Boogie away this weekend at 10th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The 10th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo presented by Positive Vibrations Foundation takes place this weekend, Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17th, along the beautiful banks of Bayou St. John....

...Floating Root Beer Float and Beer and Wine Gardens: For the first time, the festival is utilizing the bayou through the use of floating docks. Festivalgoers can pull their own boats up to dock at the Beer and Wine Gardens, as well as visit the Abita Root Beer Float for – what else? – A cool and refreshing root beer float. Proceeds from the root beer floats go toward MotherShip Foundation and Friends of Lafitte Corridor.

Source: WGNO

Video & Full Article: http://wgno.com/2015/05/15/boogey-away-this-weekend-at-10th-annual-mid-city-bayou-boogaloo/

 


Railroad tracks replacement underway in Mid-City New Orleans

Because it seems like most of New Orleans' Mid-City's streets are either under repair or in dire need of repair, it may take drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians a couple of seconds to absorb what's missing on Jefferson Davis Parkway at Bayou St. John.

Here's a hint: piles of broken ties and steel rails beside the southbound lanes May 5 signaled the beginning of the end of decades of teeth-jarring drives, rides and risky walks across long-abandoned railroad tracks. By mid-May, new pavement will be in place in the north- and south-bound lanes.

The improvements are part of the ongoing Lafitte Greenway project, which consists of a 2.6-mile biking and pedestrian path linking City Park to the Treme' neighborhood near Armstrong Park...

Source: NOLA.com

Full Article: http://blog.nola.com/new_orleans/2015/05/railroad_tracks_replacement_un.html


Bayou Wine Garden slated to open by end of summer

Bayou Wine Garden, an old-world-style wine bar and restaurant, is slated to open adjacent to Bayou Beer Garden in Mid-City by the end of summer, according to owning partner David Demarest...

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2015/05/05/bayou-wine-garden-owners-aim-to-open-by-end-of-summer/


Recent rain stops work on Lafitte Greenway project

NEW ORLEANS -- The Lafitte Greenway project is nearly complete, but it may not be on schedule.

City officials say the recent severe weather could delay the new bike path from opening on time, especially if we get more rain.

After months of work, The Lafitte Greenway is finally taking shape.

"You can see that much of the trail has been laid, we are thrilled to see trees now in the ground," says Sophie Harris, the Executive Director of Friend of Lafitte Corridor. "It's really starting to look like a green greenway."...

Source: WWLTV.com

Video & Full Article: http://www.wwltv.com/story/news/2015/05/01/recent-rain-stops-work-on-lafitte-greenway-project/26733679/


Art projects added to Lafitte Greenway and trash abatement program underway, councilmembers say

Councilwoman Susan Guidry and Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell updated Mid-City businesses on multiple projects going in the area at the Greater Mid-City Business Association luncheon held on Tuesday, including an art project in the Lafitte Greenway and a trash abatement program initiated by City Council.

Guidry announced that the city has already begun to add amenities to the Lafitte Greenway, the 2.6-mile bike and pedestrian path and park that extends from the French Quarter to Mid-City.

“We collaborated with the Arts Council and have awarded $25,000 for an art project that will go up at the Jeff Davis neutral ground,” Guidry said, adding that a second art project will be on Broad Street.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2015/04/24/council-members-susan-guidry-and-latoya-cantrell-give-updates-about-mid-city-projects/