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

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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

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

By Claire Byun

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: 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. 


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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

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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."


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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

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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

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Outdoor bar along Lafitte Greenway in Mid-City endorsed by New Orleans planners

Plans for an outdoor bar to be built on an undeveloped site along the Lafitte Greenway in Mid-City were approved Tuesday by New Orleans city planners.

The project is among the first retail efforts planned along the $9 million greenway, which opened in late 2015 and stretches from the edge of the French Quarter to Bayou St. John.

Local businessmen Herbert Dyer, Billy Good and Rusty Smith — who are partners in the dog daycare business Camp Bow Wow in Mid-City — are behind the new effort. It would be built near Bayou Bicycles.

Dyer and Smith also have ownership ties to the Velvet Cactus in New Orleans and Baton Rouge and the Bulldog bar and grill locations, which include New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Source: New Orleans Advocate 

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Hike the Greenway draws revelers despite rain, wind

Saturday’s rain and wind didn’t deter some folks from enjoying food, live music and local craft beer.

The annual Hike the Greenway, presented by Friends of Lafitte Greenway, marched on Saturday through the occasional gust of wind and bouts of rain. Revelers could participate in a three mile guided tour of the Greenway with an after party at Second Line Brewery, featuring local live music and three food trucks.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

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