Bicycle tour traces the flow of flood water in New Orleans

On a bright sunny day with few clouds above, about 70 bicycle riders gathered to follow an imaginary drop of rain as it would have moved from high ground to low during a storm in New Orleans. The Water Cycle Bike Tour on Saturday (May 14) was designed to show the flow of street flooding and demonstrate to residents how they can help mitigate the problem.

Hosted by Groundwork New Orleans, a nonprofit group that teaches stormwater management, the riders followed a guided tour lead by Ramiro Diaz of Waggonner & Ball Architects, one of the authors of the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan.

Starting at the New Orleans Healing Center on St. Claude Avenue, the riders traveled to the site of the former turning basin for the Basin Street Canal (now an area of asphalt and grass), continued down the Lafitte Greenway to the Sewerage & Water Board's Pump Station No. 7, and then on to City Park, where participants learned about the park's flood-mitigating design features.


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Take a free neighborhood exploration walk with the PRC and other community groups

To mark the centennial of urban theorist Jane Jacobs' birth, several New Orleans organization are teaming up to host "Jane Jacobs Walks", free neighborhood tours Friday and Saturday, (May 6-7) exploring infrastructure repair, historic districts and "mitigation techniques." The walks will be hosted by the Preservation Resource Center, the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative, the Urban Conservancy, StayLocal, the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and the Friends of Lafitte Greenway.

Jacobs, who died in 2006, was a journalist and author of "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," which explored how urban areas function. She is considered one of the most influential urban activists -- though did not have a college degree -- of the 20th century.


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lafitte greenway to host happy hour fundraiser at bayou wine garden

Friends of Lafitte Greenway will participate in GiveNOLA Day on May 3rd, 2016 with a Garden Happy Hour at Bayou Beer and Bayou Wine Gardens from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 15% of all Happy Hour proceeds will go to Friends of Lafitte Greenway.

Bayou Beer and Wine Gardens are located at 326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy and 315 N Rendon St, respectively, and the two share a courtyard. Friends of Lafitte Greenway will also raise GiveNOLA Day funds with a Roundabout Coffee Stop on the Greenway at the Jeff Davis round-about from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. that morning.

Source: Mid-City Messenger 

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Multi-tenant, 7,500-square-foot development proposed for Canal Boulevard

A multi-use commercial development that could include a restaurant, a medical clinic and a daycare, among other possible businesses, has been proposed for Canal Boulevard in Lakeview, near Delgado Community College.

Plans for the single-story, 7,504 square foot commercial building, which was approved in March by the City Planning Commission, were drawn up by the firm LKHarmon Architects. The site is situated on a triangular municipal square bounded by Canal Boulevard, Rosedale Drive and the New Orleans Terminal Railroad.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

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Demolition recommended for warehouses in proposed Torres development near Lafitte Greenway

Two Conti Street warehouses near the Lafitte Greenway received a recommendation for demolition this month by city officials, as planning continues on the development announced by New Orleans entrepreneur Sidney Torres IV last year.

Contractor David Carimi appeared before the Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee to request the demolition of the warehouses at 3601 Conti and 3515 Conti on March 21. Both properties are within the footprint of the 9-acre site that Torres purchased last year, saying he envisioned a “community with apartments and houses, kayaks and paddle boards along the bayou, fire pits on the bank, children’s playgrounds as well as bike paths, a gymnasium, café and boutique hotel.

The specifics of that community are still under discussion with both the City Council and neighborhood leaders, Carimi told the demolition committee.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

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10 notable projects along the lafitte greenway

City officials and boosters of the Lafitte Greenway have said the bike path intersecting the city would lead to additional investment and development along the corridor. Some projects have already taken shape.

Source: Geos News

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New Tulane-Canal Neighborhood Association Promised Seed Money, plans neighborhood cleanup

The newly formed Tulane-Canal Neighborhood Association, which oversees a pocket of land bordering Mid-City, Treme and parts of the Lafitte Greenway, took one step closer last week to becoming more of an organized entity and less of a brainstorm amongst those hoping to better the neighborhood.................The Lafitte Greenway has also added to the neighborhood’s growth, Cantrell added.

To that end, she asked that neighborhood association organizers be “mindful” of those changes. She said a large part of the organization’s job would be hearing the voices of those who had long lived in the area, before new developments were built, and may be sensitive about the changes, or even feel pushed out of the neighborhood because of them.

Source: Mid-City Messenger

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New Orleans cycling lessons for belfast

What could Belfast possibly have in common with New Orleans? One of the intriguing aspects of this story in the Irish News is how New Orleans has developed a cycling network from scratch since Hurricane Katrina, and what Belfast can learn from this”just get on with it” attitude.

The Irish News reported on a US State Department promotional tour in Europe which brought the comparisons between the two cities: Tourism and economic chiefs in the Big Easy admit they see “many striking parallels” between their great city and the north’s more modest capital (although in population terms, both claim an urban population of around 400,000).

Source: Bike Fast

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I-10: ten things to know in new orleans this week, march 1, 2016


10. Going Greenway
Friends of the Lafitte Greenway — stewards and advocates of the 3-mile trail cutting through Bayou St. John and into the French Quarter — hosts its 10th annual hike this week, its first since the pathway's completion.

Hikers meet at 10 a.m. March 5 at Congo Square in Armstrong Park, and the 3-mile guided hike (which includes mid-hike entertainment from Capoeira New Orleans, Crescent Lotus Belly Dancers, Hey Now Hooping and Zulu Tramps) ends at Second Line Brewing (433 N. Bernadotte St.), with environmental demonstrations and food trucks. A free shuttle takes hikers back to Armstrong Park. More info:

Source: Gambit

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Take guided hike on lafitte greenway

A 3-mile guided trek, starting at 10:15 a.m., will explore the history and stormwater management features of the Lafitte Greenway.

To take part in the free hike, meet at Congo Square, 700 N. Rampart St., at 10 a.m. Saturday to register. Free parking is available at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.
The walk ends at Second Line Brewing, 433 N. Bernadotte St., with a block party from noon to 3 p.m. featuring music by Secondhand Street Band, food trucks and environmental activities.

One dollar from every beer is donated to Friends of Lafitte Greenway. A free shuttle will return walkers to Basin Street.

Source: The New Orleans Advocate 

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