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
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
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...
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
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
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.