Study will analyze potential investments to improve transit/walkability and promote livable neighborhoods and economic development
A series of public meetings are scheduled this week in New Orleans to get citizens' input on developing the Claiborne Avenue corridor.
The input is being sought by city officials for a revitalization and transportation study of the corridor called "Livable Claiborne Communities".
"We really need to understand what the community feels is valuable in terms of their respective neighborhoods that they want to make sure are retained or enhanced," says Bill Gilchrist, Director of Place-Based Planning for the city.
The communities at the heart of the study lie along Claiborne Avenue from Napoleon Avenue to Elysian Fields Avenue, and between Broad Street on the lake side and Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue on the river side.
Gilchrist says part of the study involves transportation access to and from the neighborhoods.
"One of the best ways to look at the street systems in terms of making sure that they reflect the residential charactor of the neighborhoods but also provide the transportation needs of the region," Gilchrist said.
The $2.75 million federally and locally funded study is expected to be completed in August 2013.
Four neighborhood meetings are scheduled each night this week through Thursday. Tonight's meeting is at First Grace United Methodist Church, 3401 Canal Street, from 6pm to 8pm.