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
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
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
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
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
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: www.lafittegreenway.org/hike2016.
A 3-mile guided trek, starting at 10:15 a.m., will explore the history and stormwater management features of the Lafitte Greenway.
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
We all love those Po-Boys and jambalaya, crawfish, king cakes, beignets, and bananas foster. I'm salivating even thinking about all those deliciously delectable foods that make the Big Easy so sweet.
There's double meaning when it comes to that sweetness, though. During my time in the Crescent City, eating healthy was one of the biggest challenges I faced - never, ever did I think lard would be so charming and delicious.
As a transplant to New Orleans, I had to look for hidden gems throughout the city to help stay healthy and create a workout routine that also catered to my festival calendar - no easy task. Many people visiting, moving or continuing to live in New Orleans face the same dilemma: How do you stay healthy in the city with the most delicious food? As you cruise the Blues Highway on a road trip down south or head to the French Quarter on a normal weekend at home, keep the following four tips in mind to keep yourself in check (and to keep the conscience clear when you decide to indulge).
A local fitness buff saw a way to make the city healthier and deter crime, all with one building: the FitLot.
While the Treme-Lafitte neighborhood surrounding the Laffite Greenway is notorious for it’s crime and poverty-stricken population, Adam Mejerson, local fitness expert, and the ReFresh Project are working to change that image.
The ReFresh Project is a coalition of 40 health organizations devoted to providing healthy and accessible foods to people in the Broad Street and Treme areas. Mejerson’s FitLot, a free fitness center open to the public, will complement the project by adding a physical fitness element to the initiative.
Source: Loyola University-The Maroon
If this weekend had a color scheme, it’d be pink and green. Actually, make that pink and greenway. The Orpheum Theatre screens “Pretty in Pink” in honor of its 30th anniversary (do you feel old yet?), while the Lafitte Greenway encourages participants to explore New Orleans’ wild side. The Julia Street art walk rings in the new month, CeeLo takes Tipitina’s, dachshunds race at the Fairgrounds, and Lark in the Park benefits our other favorite urban green space, City Park.