New Orleans street work report offers peek at setting priorities for future projects

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.


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Friends Of Lafitte Corridor Promotes The Greenway As A Great Public Space

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”...


Source: WWNO

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Throw Me Somethin’: Help tend new trees around city

Lafitte Corridor

Get together with volunteers of Friends of Lafitte Corridor and NOLA Trash Mob for their third cleanup event of the year at 9:30 a.m. [Sunday] at Mid-City Market Patio, 401 N. Carrollton Ave. The focus of the cleanup will be the Mid-City neighborhood around Carrollton Avenue. Orange vests and supplies will be available... 

Source: The Advocate

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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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

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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

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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...


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