Anyone who’s walked, jogged, biked, or otherwise traversed the Lafitte Greenway knows it’s a boon for New Orleanians in general and residents of the six neighborhoods it connects in particular. Developed along a defunct railway à la Atlanta’s Beltline and New York’s High Line, the Greenway has served as a catalyst for business growth and cultural preservation since opening in 2015. Community gardens, bioswales, murals, playgrounds, bike share stations, businesses, fitness parks, and housing developments line its 2.6 miles.
Crews are finishing up work on Wrong Iron, a new beer garden on the Lafitte Greenway from the owners of The Bulldog beer bars. Its owners are pushing to open before the end of the year.
Herb Dyer, an owner of The Bulldog bars and the Velvet Cactus in Lakeview, said the new spot, located next to Bayou Bicycles, will have 50 beers and 24 wines on tap, a cocktail menu, an area for food trucks to pull up and serve food, and a 5,000-square-foot outdoor patio fronting the Greenway. Parking will be bicycle friendly, with about 60 spots for bikes and nine for cars.
A slightly smaller enclosed bar area has garage door-style windows, brick walls and wood floors. Dyer noted the interior has an old-time rail station feel in keeping with the bar’s name, which is an old railroad term for a main rail track on which traffic is running in the opposite direction. The Lafitte Greenway, a 2.6-mile linear park and bicycle and pedestrian trail, was long a vacant railroad right of way.
By: Angie Schmitt
That was Big Easy!
A New Orleans group is installing five protected, albeit temporary, bike lanes on key corridors as a demonstration of “how streets can be transformed to safely and equitably serve everyone who travels,” the group Bike Easy said in a statement.
Three of the five routes are already laid down, thanks to volunteers. The total demonstration, which is called “Connect the Crescent,” will measure almost four miles, and fill several gaps among the existing painted bike lanes.
“We’ve built a lot of bike lanes over the last 10 or so years but we’re trying to make sure that they actually connect to each other and they’re high quality,” Bike Easy’s Rob Henig Bell told Streetsblog.Read more
By: Catherine Nagel (Contributor) and Kari E. Watkins (Contributor)
In recent decades, once-struggling cities have been reimagining themselves by evolving from 20th-century-style manufacturing centers to 21st-century hubs of commerce and culture. While each city realizes its own evolution in its own way, one important ingredient of these transformations is consistent among them all: city parks. Like the cities that house them, urban parks take on different forms, from signature downtown parks to reclaimed industrial railways and corridors. Now these corridors, or linear parks, are coming to be recognized as an important part of modernized transportation systems, connecting neighborhoods and residents to new opportunities.
In New Orleans, for instance, residents use over 100 miles of walkable, bike-able pathways every day. Before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, New Orleans had just 10 miles of trail. In 2009, the city received $9.1 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Disaster Community Development Block Grant program, making the transformation of the Lafitte industrial corridor into the Lafitte Greenway possible with help from the Friends of Lafitte Greenway.
In 2015, its first full year of use, 272,000 people walked or bicycled the Greenway. That's an impressive number, but it contained a surprise: A study by the Georgia Institute of Technology showed that 80 percent of weekday morning and afternoon cyclists use the Greenway not for recreation but for transportation to and from work, school and shopping.
Linear parks like the Lafitte Greenway demonstrate what is possible when we fully consider the role of parks as transportation infrastructure. The Greenway concept is a roadmap to a more sustainable future for New Orleans, supporting public health, recreation, stormwater management, neighborhood investment and job opportunities through connections to low-cost public transportation.Read more
By: Jessica Williams | November 10, 2017
Source: New Orleans Advocate | Full Article
By this time next month, residents and tourists in New Orleans will be able to pick up a bicycle at one spot in the city and drop it off at another, the realization of a lengthy effort to diversify public transit in the city.
Officials this week revealed the 70 locations where 700 bicycles will be available as part of the city’s first bike-sharing program, scheduled to start in December.
The sites are largely concentrated in the Central Business District, French Quarter and other neighborhoods along the Mississippi River, with some in Treme and near City Park.
By: Claire Byun | November 13, 2017
Source: Mid-City Messenger | Full Article
A bicycle-friendly beer and wine garden on the Lafitte Greenway may start construction early next year, though the owners are still working on a name.
Crews have applied for construction permits with work hopefully starting in early January, developer Billy Good said.
The still-unnamed bar would have “adequate” vehicle parking and about 60 bicycle parking spots, plus a permeable outdoor patio – though live music is not planned for the venue. Site plans submitted to the city show space for an indoor bar and small mezzanine. Good said the outdoor patios will have 62 percent permeable space with trees, fire pits and heaters.Read more
By: Richard Campanella, Cityscapes Columist | November 14, 2017
Source: Nola.com | Full Article
For decades, a weedy strip coursed through New Orleans’ historical heart, unnamed, underutilized and barely noticed except as a nuisance. All this changed two years ago, when the newly christened Lafitte Greenway opened new access to old neighborhoods and mended a gash in the urban fabric.
The linear movement of pedestrians and bicyclists on the Greenway today echoes that of vessels starting more than 220 years ago, at a time when New Orleans made some influential planning decisions.Read more
Mid City Messenger: Hagan-Lafitte drainage project adds rainwater storage under Easton Park, greenspace for stormwater runoff
By: Claire Byun | Midcitymessenger.com | November 8, 2017
A new drainage project meant to reduce flooding in the Hagan-Lafitte neighborhood is scheduled for next year. The project will replace outdated drainage pipes and add additional rainwater storage, while providing more greenspace for natural stormwater runoff.
Total construction will take 12 months, and crews should start March or April of next year. Green infrastructure is needed along the city’s lowest-lying areas to “complement” the drainage systems already in place, Charles Allen, resilience outreach manager, said.
By John D'Addario | Special to the Advocate
New Orleans artist Michel Varisco is one of 73 featured artists in the central component of this year’s Prospect.4 exhibition.
But the piece she’s creating will live long after the exhibition closes in January.
Varisco’s “Turning: prayer wheels for the Mississippi River” will be a permanent installation on the Lafitte Greenway, where Bayou St. John intersects with Jefferson Davis Parkway. It will be unveiled Nov. 18, during Prospect.4 opening weekend.
Source: New Orleans Advocate
By: John R Kemp | myneworleans.com| November 2, 2017
New Orleans is a city that celebrates creative souls and its place in the American psyche. It revels in its own history, real and imagined, and thinks of itself as a place like none other in North America. The existentialist novelist Walker Percy once described the city, his adopted hometown, as an island “cut adrift not only from the South but from the rest of Louisiana, somewhat like Mont Saint-Michel awash at high tide.”
Percy’s New Orleans, with its graceful patina of age, cultural history, architecture and almost smothering humid floral landscape, is a natural open-air art gallery. With that in mind, Prospect New Orleans has launched this year’s international contemporary art triennial “Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp.”
The citywide art show, which runs November 18 to February 25 and is free to the public, explores the city’s creative spirit in the visual and performing arts and its historical connections to Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. Billed as one the nation’s largest triennial art exhibitions, Prospect.4 features artwork by 73 local, national and international artists from 25 countries in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and Europe. New Orleans-area artists included in the Prospect.4 line up are Wayne Gonzales, Darryl Montana, Jennifer Odem, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, John T. Scott, Michel Varisco, Monique Verdin, and jazz legend Louis Armstrong. Yes, in addition to blowing a mean horn, Armstrong was also a talented visual artist.