Regional/Urban Planning

Lafitte Greenway

New Orleans, Louisiana

Bringing the citizens of New Orleans together on ‘common greener ground’

As one of the first revitalization projects since the devastation of 2005's Hurricane Katrina, the 3.1-mile linear Lafitte Greenway will become a vibrant, multi-modal transportation corridor linking residents to the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana. The project team incorporated public input, synthesizing many measurable objectives and working across a range of scales—to transform an old industrial rail corridor into a celebrated Greenway. Strategies were developed for Safe Routes to Schools, expansion of the community gardening program and the creation of nodal mixed-use development at major intersections. A corridor-wide stormwater management plan addresses the district’s historic flooding problems and cypress trees have been planted in order to restore the historic tree canopy, which will result in an increase from 3 to 46% canopy coverage. The Greenway is now a vibrant, multi-modal transportation corridor linking residents to the heart of New Orleans.

Awards

  • 2012 ASLA Texas, Honor Award for Planning & Analysis
  • 2012 ASLA National, Award of Excellence for Planning & Design
  • 2013 APA Los Angeles, Planning Excellence Award

Collaborators

Bright Moments, Greenplay, LLC, Walter Kulash, RCLCO, Three Fold Consultants, LLC, Applied Ecological Services, Inc.

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