The city of New Orleans is transforming a vacant railway into a scenic transportation route for locals and tourists.
The Lafitte Greenway was initially a historical canal that connected Bayou St. John to the French Quarter, and it later became a railway that has been abandoned since the mid-twentieth century.
Construction of the Greenway began in March 2014 and is more than 75 percent complete.
December 29, 2014
The idea for the Lafitte Greenway, a 2.6-mile linear park that will run through the heart of New Orleans from Mid-City to Armstrong Park at Basin Street, began after Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures in 2005. For the past eight years, a group of dedicated residents called Friends of Lafitte Corridor (FOLC) has been lobbying and raising money for a park that rides along the old Mid-City railroad tracks.
December 9, 2014
Drive between the French Quarter and Mid-City and it isn't hard to miss, construction crews working hard to complete the Lafitte Greenway. But there is a big eyesore next door, and the city of New Orleans plans on carting it away.
December 4, 2014
If plans come through, the Lafitte Greenway, a 2.6-mile corridor of land extending from the French Quarter to Mid-City, will soon be more than just a shady sanctuary landscaped by walking and biking paths, ball parks and soccer fields.
December 3, 2014
Would-be gardeners wishing to grow and sell small crops along the Lafitte Greenway had reason for hope Wednesday when the White House announced it wanted to help install a farmers market in the developing park.
October 30, 2014
Friends of Lafitte Corridor have posted new aerial photos of the Lafitte Greenway, which is about 50 percent complete and scheduled to open in early 2015.
October 24, 2014
In our second interview this month, we’ll meet the new and first executive director of Friends of Laffite Corridor (FOLC), Sophie Harris. FOLC is a local nonprofit whose mission is to revitalize the Lafitte Corridor by working to build, program and promote the Lafitte Greenway as a great public space.
April 09, 2014
Angela finds out the latest developments in the Lafitte Corridor with Sam Spencer, Sophie Harris, and Rev. Dr. Dwight Webster of Friends of Lafitte Corridor.
April 01, 2014
If the city of New Orleans doesn't have a management plan in place for the $9.1 million Lafitte Greenway, due to open in early 2015, it risks a rocky launch that could leave a negative public image for the corridor, according to an executive with the National Recreation and Parks Association.
March 25, 2014
Mayor Mitch, Jackie Clarkson, and other city officials broke ground today on the long-awaited Lafitte Greenway project.