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.
Mardi Gras may be over, but the fun is only just getting started in New Orleans. Springtime in NOLA means crawfish, live music, outdoor adventures and all the festivals you could ask for. And while it’s still chilly in many parts of the country, there’s no better time to explore the city and soak up the beautiful weather, NOLA-style.
To help you get the best of the season, we’ve put together a list of our favorite springtime activities:
#7 Hike, Bike and Stroll
New Orleans is a very walkable city and you can see all the best sights by bike or foot! Hike the brand new Lafitte Greenway, or checkout Bayou St. John or Crescent Park in the Bywater for a beautiful view along the riverfront.
Source: New Orleans Online
Crews will start work this spring tearing down empty warehouses along a stretch of the Lafitte Greenway in Mid-City where investors have proposed a high-end housing and retail development. Sidney Torres IV, owner of IV Capital, the venture capital group behind the proposal, said Wednesday (Feb. 24) that plans for the development still need to be finalized and vetted by the community, but he is optimistic construction could start before the end of this year.
Source: The Times-Picayune
Here’s a great example of magical thinking. For years, hundreds of us have been tromping through Treme, Lafitte, Mid-City, all the way to Lakeview, as part of an annual ritual. We’ve been tracing a path that exists only in our collective imaginations, picking our way through weeds and brambles, following a dream, chasing a vision.
And now, after nine repetitions of this yearly rite, the fantasy has been made real. The ground beneath our feet has been transformed. We’ve walked this trail right into existence.
Source: Mid-City Messenger
Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2016/02/22/13328/
Cyclists can take advantage of new bicycle racks along New Orleans' Lafitte Greenway.
The City of New Orleans, Friends of Lafitte Greenway and the Young Leadership Council partnered to install 28 racks. "Providing bike racks promotes healthy living and economic development along the Lafitte Greenway," said Sophie Harris, Executive Director of the Friends of Lafitte Greenway. "Over 600 people use the Greenway daily. These quality bike racks encourage folks to use their bikes to visit the local businesses, parks and playgrounds along the Greenway."
Source: KSLA News 12