People for Bikes: NEW ORLEANS’ LAFITTE GREENWAY: A COMMUNITY LINK, NOT A BARRIER

August 01, 2017

By Michael Andersen, PlacesForBikes staff writer

Unlike urban freeways, which have the sometimes deliberate effect of separating neighborhoods from one another, New Orleans is finding that an off-street path seems to be doing the opposite.

The city's Lafitte Greenway, a converted railway that opened just north of downtown in 2015, has become a common road for people of many backgrounds, CityLab reported Tuesday.

Today the Lafitte Greenway is a 2.6-mile walking and biking trail connecting six diverse neighborhoods in the heart of New Orleans, from the French Quarter, where tourists congregate on Bourbon Street, to the city's bayous, where locals chill and host crawfish boils during the spring. Along the way, the greenway passes through the upper-middle-class streets of Mid-City, past a neighborhood made up of Section 8 public housing, past the historically African American music-drenched neighborhood Tremé, and finally, into the French Quarter.

It's that connectivity across socioeconomic lines that greenway supporters say helps Lafitte stand out from other bike paths around the country. Indeed, on any given day along the greenway, you can see hipsters on expensive fixed-gear bikes zoom past young musicians carrying instrument cases on their way to gigs in the Quarter. While in other cities some principal bike paths are geographically confined to well-off neighborhoods, in New Orleans the path runs through them all.

Source: People for Bikes

Full Article: http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/new-orleans-lafitte-greenway-a-community-link-not-a-barrier

 


CityLab: Building a Social Scene Around a Bike Path

By SHANNON SIMS AUG 1, 2017

In a city known for bar-hopping, endless festivals, and maybe even a little debauchery, a bike path isn’t the likeliest place for a budding social scene. But in a narrow strip of central New Orleans, the 2.6-mile Lafitte Greenway is poised to become a new hub of activity—a commuter path that’s a destination in its own right.

Historically a transportation corridor, the Lafitte Greenway cuts through neighborhoods rich and poor, linking several of New Orleans’s disparate yet adjacent communities. Since it officially opened in November 2015, the Lafitte Greenway has quickly become the central artery of New Orleans' bike culture. It’s also steadily attracting attention from developers looking to build apartments, offices, coffee shops, and even a place to grab a drink. In March, the city granted its first permit for a pathside bar, and in June officials outlined plans to add sports and art facilities, playgrounds, and more.

According to the latest Real Estate Market Analysis from the University of New Orleans, more than $100 million worth of projects along or near the greenway have been built or are in the works. Before long, the greenway may become a very New Orleans bike path, where cyclists stop to socialize as they make their way around town—whether they’re heading to festivals, to the French Quarter, or just on the way home from work.

It might seem surprising that one of America’s hottest, muggiest cities seems ready for a bustling two-wheeled social scene. Biking here can be a challenge. Even if you manage to dodge the mind-bogglingly large potholes and the roving packs of drunken tourists, the humidity will leave any cyclist drenched in sweat. Still, New Orleans has quickly gained a reputation as a surprisingly bikeable city. It’s small and flat, and residents are increasingly seeing little reason to drive. The city now ranks 10th in the U.S. in the percentage of residents who cycle to work each day, and a new bike-share system is slated to launch this fall.

Source: CityLab

Full Article: https://www.citylab.com/life/2017/08/lafitte-greenway-new-orleans/534735/


The Gambit: It isn't easy being Greenway

As city leaders pass the reins to those charged with maintaining it, what will be the future of the Lafitte Greenway?

By Claire Byun

When New Orleans voters choose a new mayor and City Council in November, the Lafitte Greenway will mark its second anniversary. The 2.6-mile linear park has drawn praise for dramatically increasing the open space avail-able to the public and spurring economic growth in the surrounding neighborhoods. At the opening of the Lafitte Greenway in November 2015, Mayor Mitch Landrieu told the city, "This is yours. You have to take care of it. You have to protect it, and you have to make sure it's here for future generations."

  Almost two years in, the Greenway still inspires the optimism of that moment, but it also reflects the fears of a citywide increase in crime, development interests that displace residents of historically low-income areas and the threat of neglect that in years past has turned some public parks into undertended no man's lands.

The $9.1 million Greenway opened after several decades of dreaming, starting in the 1970s with an idea by civil rights activist Rudy Lombard and architect Clifton James. Following Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures in 2005, Friends of the Lafitte Corridor began a fundraising effort in 2006. It took nearly 10 years to complete the trail that stretches between Armstrong Park and New Orleans City Park and runs through neighborhoods spanning the French Quarter, Treme and Mid-City. Thousands of people now use the greenway regularly — to go to and from work, for recreation and for leisure.

  "Our goals have always been multifaceted," said Sophie Harris, executive director of Friends of Lafitte Greenway, "but one of the biggest goals has been to build a space where people could come out and meet their neighbors."

Source: The Gambit

Full Article: https://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/it-isnt-easy-being-greenway/Content?oid=5656122

 


NOPD increasing officer visibility on Lafitte Greenway

NEW ORLEANS -- NOPD is investigating a mugging on the Lafitte Greenway in Mid-City.

For people who use the path for exercise or to get around town, hearing about trouble on the trail is very concerning.

"I hate to even hear about that kind of stuff, you know because when I get out here and run, I feel safe," Kelan Barton said. "But, when I hear about something like that, it makes me a little bit hardened and I'm like woah, do I need to look over my shoulder?"

"You tell me that someone got mugged, it kind of threw me off a little because I ride this strip regularly," Cardell Wright said. "I work for Gerhold Electric. I ride my bike back and forth this way."

Source: WWLTV

Full Article: http://www.wwltv.com/news/crime/mugging-on-the-lafitte-greenway-nopd-to-be-more-visible-on-the-trail/457670845


Mid-City Messenger: Trash cans, improved greenspace, security lined up for future of Lafitte Greenway

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

The future of the Lafitte Greenway has been uncertain in the past. But now, with new leadership and a slew of projects underway, officials are hoping to revamp the 2.6-mile bicycle and pedestrian path that runs through the heart of Mid-City and beyond.

The Greenway recently came under the authority of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, which has hired security and maintenance for the 2-mile stretch of public land. Vic Richard, NORDC CEO, worked to dispel rumors and answer questions about the future of the Greenway at a public meeting last week.

“The city owns that space,” Richard said. “We will not be giving it away.”

Richard and his team are working to make the Greenway a safer space open to everyone, which will encourage future development, he said. A team of groundkeepers, security patrol officers and a site manager have been hired to run the site every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Security officers will not be commissioned to carry guns but will work to drive away “riff raff” who bring litter and crime to the area, Richard said.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2017/07/06/trash-cans-improved-greenspace-security-lined-up-for-future-of-lafitte-greenway/


NOLA.com: Lafitte Greenway development continues with new houses: report

A developer is finishing construction of three new houses overlooking the Lafitte Greenway, continuing a recent spurt of investment in real estate along the pedestrian and biking path, according to the Mid-City Messenger.

The new houses, developed by Atlas Greenway Partners LLC on St. Louis Street near Broad Street, will be priced at about $400,000, according to the report. 

Source: NOLA.com

Full Article: http://realestate.nola.com/realestate-news/2017/06/lafitte_greenway_houses_for_sa.html


Brand new housing on Lafitte Greenway contributes to ‘heart of the city’

In a string of new development on the Lafitte Greenway, three newly-constructed homes are bringing residential options to the “heart of the city.”

Atlas Greenway Partners, LLC, are readying to open three newly-constructed homes on St. Louis Street, directly facing the Greenway. Monty Lunn, co-founder of Atlas, said the project is a “bigger-picture” investment, since the Greenway has a chance at becoming a vein of transportation, development and living within New Orleans.

“People don’t know about the area, don’t know what’s been done with it, and they’re blown away,” Lunn said.

The St Louis Project consists of three near identical double gallery single family homes located directly on the greenway, a few blocks from Whole Foods and University Medical Center. Four municipal lots were converted into three in order to provide additional off-street parking and a sizeable back yard, Lunn said.

All the residences are about 2,000 square feet, with three bedroom, two and a half bath, laundry rooms and a front balcony.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2017/06/28/brand-new-housing-on-lafitte-greenway-contributes-to-heart-of-the-city/


What's the future hold for the Lafitte Greenway? Officials detail plans

New play equipment, an outdoor pavilion and a new security force are among the plans for the future of the Lafitte Greenway, which earlier this year came under management of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission.

As business ventures have begun to pop up along the Greenway in recent years, many observers have wondered about the Greenway's ultimate fate. On Tuesday (June 27), the CEO of the city's recreation department, Vic Richard, sought to dispel "rumors" that the Greenway might one day be privatized - though he did not elaborate on what those rumors entailed.

"The city owns that space," Richard said at a community meeting about the Greenway on Tuesday (June 27). "We will not give it away. That's prime space."

Source: NOLA.com

Full Article: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/06/lafitte_greenway_nordc_capital.html


Free hot yoga classes return to Lafitte Greenway this summer

Load up on zen this summer with a free hot yoga series.

Friends of Lafitte Greenway are bringing back their popular summertime hot yoga classes this year, open to all ages and skill levels. The free weekly course – which runs for eight weeks – will be led by The Ohm Well’s Valerie McMillan, an instructor with a passion for creating inclusive and safe spaces for all of her students on and off the mat.

The classes are all-levels, and beginners are welcome. Participants should bring a towel and water, and are encouraged to bring a friend.

The series kicks of Wednesday on the field at Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte St. Classes run from 6 to 7 p.m. through August 2.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2017/06/08/free-hot-yoga-classes-return-to-lafitte-greenway-this-summer/


Free Zumba classes on Lafitte Greenway throughout April

Friends of Lafitte Greenway are offering up a free and fun way to get fit this Spring.

Free bilingual Zumba classes will be held every Tuesday as part of Friends’ Get Fit the Green Way program, which works to improve opportunities for health and wellbeing for all New Orleans residents and Lafitte Greenway communities.

Classes take place every Tuesday through April 25th from 6-7pm on the field at Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte St.

Zumba is a choreography-based dance fitness workout inspired by Latin music and is appropriate for all ages, sizes and experience levels.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2017/04/03/free-zumba-classes-on-lafitte-greenway-throughout-april/