"Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, there have been may community discussions debating the viability of removing the overpass, as cities such as San Francisco, Boston and Portland have done. Ultimately, a cocktail of federal grant programs funded a $2.7 million 2013 Livable Claiborne Communities study conducted by Baltimore-based design firm Kittelson & Associates. The study laid out three options for revitalizing the area under the overpass that amounted to essentially: Keep it up; take it down; do something in between. After analyzing the choices, the city decided that the cost of removing the overpass or its on/off-ramps would be prohibitively expensive.
So a coalition of designers, architects, philanthropic groups and city agencies is focusing on leaving the overpass in place, and below it, developing a cultural marketplace. The vision for the Cultural Innovation District is to transform all 19 blocks beneath the elevated expressway along Claiborne Avenue with new green infrastructure, a market with food and art vendors, and exhibit and community event space."
Ousting bad 1960s choices with neighborhood entrepreneurship.
Inspiration from Montreal - montrealgazette.com/news/local...
Montreal started tearing down part of the expressway this week, promising to replace it with two boulevards and a series of green spaces by September 2017.
"No one likes to walk through an underpass late at night on their own, much less one that's fallen into disrepair. You've probably seen way too many horror movies for it to be a comfortable experience. But artist Bill FitzGibbons has found a solution, by transformed the dark, uninviting environment of the 18th Street underpass in Birmingham, Alabama into a rainbow-lit tunnel in his installation LightRails."
From the Louisiana Weekly: www.louisianaweekly.com/reside...
"In Scenario 3, the most sweeping of the study’s options, the overpass is removed and the former tree-lined boulevard is restored as a mixed-use corridor. New housing would include units facing the city’s Lafitte Greenway, under development now. A streetcar would be added on N. Claiborne and bus service on Broad would be improved. Residents could walk or bike on the Lafitte Greenway to Broad’s shops and bus connections and to Louis Armstrong Park and the French Quarter. Better management of green space and constructing rain gardens would eliminate flooding. In Scenario 3, every vacant lot would be claimed by houses and tended green space. Additionally, Claiborne would be revived as a corridor of culture, the planners said. Shared neutral grounds would be filled with art, parades and festivals. Dixon said “Claiborne would become the most complete street in the world."
From Ann B Daigle at the Congress for New Urbanism:
Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) colleague, Michael Ronkin, will be running a three-day workshop - "Designing Streets for Pedestrians and Bicycles" on April 17-19 at the Regional Transportation Management Center at 10 Vets Blvd.... home of the Regional Planning Commission, (504) 483-8500. It's geared to professionals but a great resource for those interested in details:
The City of New Orleans and the planning team for the Livable Claiborne Communities Revitalization Study announced a second round of community workshops and meetings to discuss potential "futures and scenarios" for the Claiborne Avenue Corridor and surrounding neighborhoods. These workshops and open house meeting are scheduled for Saturday, March 16th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Joseph A. Craig Elementary School at 1423 St. Philip St., New Orleans, LA 70116, and Monday, March 18th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center at 1712 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113.
wow, that sounds great - i hope that a lot of people that knew Claiborne as it was can attend!
Next week: CNU.org presents 'Revitalizing Claiborne Avenue: Tools and Opportunities for Residents'
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center
2200 Lafitte Street
Peter Park, former planning director for Denver and Milwaukee, will discuss the social and economic ramifications of a possible Claiborne Overpass removal. Park will reflect on the lessons learned from other freeway removal projects and will point to key elements that enhanced affordability and livability in those scenarios. Park will specifically address how new development may affect the corridor’s neighborhoods, from the first day of construction to the last day of the removal's completion. The lecture will conclude with tangible suggestions that can help deepen the community’s engagement in the second round of public meetings for the Livable Claiborne Communities study.
More info: www.cnu.org/revitalizingclaiborne
Carpenter and Tremé resident Patrick Drennon had a fabulous show at Cafe Tremé of his drawings that featured various perspectives from under the interstate.