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July 10 2013

Jessica Yoon: A Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid

July 10th, 2013Posted by 

When I received the opportunity to take on a blogging internship with Global Site Plans, I was excited to become more engaged with issues of urban planning and development in New Orleans. Over the last six months, this internship has helped me develop new skills, as well as given me a deeper appreciation for the […]

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June 26 2013

A Burgeoning Biosciences District in New Orleans

June 26th, 2013Posted by 

In an area of New Orleans that was once populated by 249 homes, cranes loom over a vast complex of medical buildings under construction. Construction is now well underway and the new Louisiana State University and Veterans Affairs hospitals are on track to open in 2014. The new medical complex is one major part of […]

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June 12 2013

Building Momentum for Bicycling in New Orleans

June 12th, 2013Posted by 

This past May 2013, New Orleans received a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Bicyclists. Undoubtedly, the award was well deserved. New Orleans now has almost 2% of its population commuting by bike, and the city has gone from fewer than ten miles of designated bikeways before Hurricane Katrina to approximately […]

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May 29 2013

A Development for Fresh Food, Health and Wellness in New Orleans

May 29th, 2013Posted by 

An exciting transformation is taking place on the corner of Broad and Bienville in New Orleans, Louisiana. Construction is now underway on the ReFresh project, a 60,000 square foot development that will bring fresh food access and economic development to a traditionally underserved area of New Orleans. The project is being developed by Broad Community […]

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May 15 2013

Engaging Citizens to Improve Neighborhoods with Neighborland

May 15th, 2013Posted by 

Neighborland was born out of a street art project by Candy Chang, where nametag-like stickers reading “I wish this were a __________” invited the passerby to imagine possibilities for empty storefronts. The project generated onsite civic input for improving abandoned properties in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans. Today, Neighborland has grown into a website […]

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May 01 2013

Tracking Blighted Properties in New Orleans with BlightStatus

May 1st, 2013Posted by 

With an estimated 35,000 abandoned properties, blight is a prevalent problem in New Orleans, exacerbated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. A new website, launched by the City of New Orleans and the nonprofit group Code For America, aims to provide citizens with information regarding blighted properties in their area. Blighted properties are a visual eyesore […]

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April 17 2013

Rise and Fall of the Rubber Rouge: A Review of Greg Grandin’s “Fordlandia”

April 17th, 2013Posted by 

In his book Fordlandia, author Greg Grandin chronicles Henry Ford’s great attempt to create a vast rubber plantation and idyllic company town in the complex ecosystem of the Amazon rainforest. The story Grandin tells is not just one of Ford’s industrial and sociological experiment, but of the difficulties of exporting American ideals and lifestyles to […]

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April 03 2013

A Skate Park By Skaters, For Skaters in New Orleans

April 3rd, 2013Posted by 

If New Orleans is considered to be a city of resilience, the story of the Peach Orchard skate park is a shining example, demonstrating that great things are possible through grassroots citizen action. As skateboarding became widespread among youth and young adults across the nation, New Orleans lagged behind in providing infrastructure and recreational space […]

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March 20 2013

Rails to Trails in New Orleans: Connecting Neighborhoods Using the Lafitte Greenway

March 20th, 2013Posted by 

Between the historic French Quarter and Bayou St. John, a former shipping canal and railway sits idle, presenting a tremendous opportunity for redevelopment into recreational space. Plans to convert this right-of-way into an open space greenway are finally close to reality as city officials, urban planners and neighborhood activists prepare to move forward with the […]

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March 06 2013

Rethinking an Urban Freeway in New Orleans, Louisiana

March 6th, 2013Posted by 

Oak trees and street scenes painted on the support pillars of the I-10 overpass on Claiborne Avenue remind New Orleanians that the street was once a tree-lined commercial corridor. Today, the neighborhoods surrounding Claiborne Avenue are a portrait of disinvestment and decay, a decline coinciding with the erection of the I-10 elevated expressway that looms […]

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February 20 2013

How Six-Miles of Riverfront Could Transform New Orleans

February 20th, 2013Posted by 

New Orleans is called the Crescent City for the shape the city takes around the bend of the Lower Mississippi River. Yet, for a city with such an abundance of water, there is often a disconnect between the city and its famous river. Deteriorated and vacant wharves line areas of otherwise valuable riverfront property. Aside […]

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February 06 2013

Making a Place for Artists in New Orleans

February 6th, 2013Posted by 

A problem often seen in up and coming neighborhoods is that the very artists who help spark great communities are priced out when the area takes off. In a city that is known to the world for its art and music, New Orleans is making great efforts to keep artists in the community even as […]

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January 23 2013

Greening the Post-Disaster Response: The Sunshower House in New Orleans, Louisiana

January 23rd, 2013Posted by 

In the wake of a disaster, cities and residents are challenged with rebuilding infrastructure, homes, and lives on a pressing timetable. Homes that recoup from one destructive event may be fated to withstand disaster again. The winning design in the 2012 Oceansafe Design Competition points to a sustainable solution for post-disaster housing. Designed by Tulane University architecture […]

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