Look around the streets of New Orleans these days and it's impossible to miss that more people are traversing the city on bicycles.
Some restaurants and bars are noticing too, and nowhere more than a part of Mid-City that's becoming a crossroads of bike paths, a destination for in-town outings and, on nice days, a hub for people making the rounds by pedal power.
The focal point is the new Lafitte Greenway, a freshly-paved bike path and pedestrian park running from the edge of the French Quarter to the corner of Mid-City. It's built over a one time industrial corridor and much of it still passes open lots, the back of warehouses and rows of small homes.
Source: WWNO 89.9
Source: Curbed New Orleans
After redesigning his parking lot to better handle stormwater runoff, the owner of Parkway Bakery and Tavern is being honored as an “urban hero” for his efforts to improve water management in his Mid-City neighborhood.
Jay Nix “re-designed his 35,000 square foot parking lot using native plants and a TrueGrid® Paver that retains stormwater and filters it back into the earth,” according to an announcement by the Urban Conservancy.
Source: Mid-City Messenger
New Orleans' anticipated $9.1 million bike path and park Lafitte Greenway, which stretches from Armstrong Park to the City Park area, is totally done/not done (hello, Crescent Park 2.0). But Ian McNulty reports that cyclists are already flocking to the trail and discovering Mid City's many bike-friendly bars and restaurants awaiting them, including Parkway, Bayou Beer Garden, Felipe's, and newly-opened Second Line Brewery—all situated on the path and doing booming bike business. Liberty's Kitchen, Norma's Sweets (the spot for Cubans in NOLA), MoPho, Bevi Seafood Co., and more hotspots are also located in the general vicinity.
Source: Eater NOLA
The Friends of Lafitte Greenway will host its third annual fundraising event, recently renamed the Greenway Soirée, on Nov. 6.
The Soirée will celebrate the progress of the development of the Greenway and as well as honor the team members that started the Greenway’s creation in 2006, according to Sophie Harris, the organization’s executive director.
Source: Mid-City Messenger
Look around the streets of New Orleans these days, it’s impossible to miss signs of a greater number of people traversing the city on bicycles.
Some restaurants and bars are noticing too, and nowhere more than a part of Mid-City that’s becoming a crossroads of bike paths, a destination for in-town outings and, on nice days, a hub for people making the rounds by pedal power.
The focal point is the new Lafitte Greenway, a freshly-paved bike path and pedestrian park stretching from the edge of the French Quarter to the far corner of Mid-City. There’s been no official ribbon-cutting for the long-awaited project, and some finishing touches have yet to be installed, but people have been flocking to it nonetheless.
Source: New Orleans Advocate
Gorgeous weather is bringing out scads of bicyclists and pedestrians on the newly finished Lafitte Greenway that begins at Mid-City Market and ends at Armstrong Park near downtown New Orleans.
It's a sweet ride along smooth asphalt, with lighting, landscaping and comfortable passing room. However, there are harrowing traffic crossings at North Claiborne, North Broad, Jefferson Davis Parkway during peak traffic times, and just about anytime on North Carrollton. Check out this column for a "ride with me" story and photos in November.
In the meantime, mark Nov. 6 on the calendar for the Friends of Lafitte Corridor's "Greenway Soirée."
Full Article: http://blog.nola.com/new_orleans/2015/10/lafitte_greenway_to_benefit_fr.html
If you're looking to get your hands a little dirty and help out the community, Mid-City is the location to do that Sunday morning.
Various groups are coming together from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to help clean up around Mid-City, including Bayou St. John and the Lafitte Greenway.
Cleanup partners include Friends of Lafitte Greenway, Parkway Bakery and Tavern, and the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.
Full Story: http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/roll-up-your-sleeves-pick-up-some-trash-help-clean-up-midcity-area-sunday-morning/35908666
With a seemingly unending list of streets needing some replacement or repair, the New Orleans Public Works Department has more than $150 million of road construction in progress and expects to complete $80 million worth of projects in its capital program by year's end...
...Road construction projects Jernigan said would be complete within the next 30 days include St. Louis Street adjacent to the Lafitte Greenway, the first phase of which is also nearing completion. Also, work on Huntlee, Somerset and Berkley drives in Algiers should be done within a month.
Full Article: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/10/new_orleans_street_work_report.html
Friends of Lafitte Corridor seeks to revitalize the Lafitte Corridor by working to build, program and promote the Lafitte Greenway as a great public space.
“I brought my family along with me: my husband, my granddaughters. We come to have a good time,” says Ariska Everette, who’s sitting on a folding chair in front of a giant movie screen on the Lafitte Greenway. There’s a tub of popcorn in her lap. She’s waiting for the film Annie to start, but she says just being outside, in this space, feels great.
“Like we transformed the whole thing. It’s usually just kids running around, now it’s a whole movie theater -- families sitting down. I love it”...
LISTEN to the full story: http://wwno.org/post/friends-lafitte-corridor-promotes-greenway-great-public-space