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/

Second Line Brewing to Open 12,000 Square Foot Mid-City Brewhouse This Summer

Second Line Brewing is gearing up to begin brewing craft beer this summer in a 12,000 square foot Mid-City warehouse...

...The brewery, located at 433 N. Bernadotte Street, is owned by Logan, his wife and three friends. Logan said he got lucky with the location after researching areas and deciding on Mid-City. “While we were still in Alaska, I answered an advertisement on Craigslist for a warehouse in Mid-City. The location was great, close to the Lafitte Greenway, Delgado, City Park and rest of Mid-City,” he continued.

Source: Canal Street Beat

Full Article: http://canalstreetbeat.com/second-line-brewing-to-open-12000-square-foot-mid-city-brewhouse-this-summer/

Varisco's 'Turning' Wins First Living With Water Art Pitch

The winner of the first local arts-oriented pitch contest was announced this morning at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. New Orleans native and fine arts photographer Michel Varisco was named winner of the Living With Water Civic Arts Design Pitch for her project Turning.

The $25,000 prize was decided by an audience text-in vote at The Chicory, following commentary from a critical feedback panel consisting of Sophie Harris, Executive Director of Friends of Lafitte Corridor; David Waggonner, principal of Waggonner & Ball Architects; Councilmember Susan Guidry; and Bill Gilchrist, Director of Place-Based Planning for the City of New Orleans.

Source: NolaVie

Full Article: http://nolavie.com/variscos-turning-wins-first-living-with-water-arts-pitch-10847/

Mid-City Security District to provide bicycle patrol for Lafitte Greenway

The Mid City Security District will buy a bicycle for the patrol of the Lafitte Greenway Corridor, according to officials.

Jim Olsen, MCSD chairman, said officials have been meeting to discuss supplying security cameras and at least one bicycle which is expected to cost $1,200.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2015/03/23/mid-city-security-district-to-provide-bicycle-patrol-for-lafitte-greenway/

All Things Local: Parks and Greenspace

This week on All Things Local: Parks and Greenspace in the Crescent City with guests Scott Howard, NOLA Parks for All, Kurt Weigle, Downtown Development District, and Sophie Harris, Friends of Lafitte Corridor.

Source: All Things Local, WGSO 990AM

Full Audio: http://wgso.com/all-things-local-mar-21-2015/