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Additionally, the share of workers in the city of New Orleans using public transit to get to work has increased from 5. We have also lost square miles of coastal wetlands - nearly 30 percent of the wetlands that protect us from hurricane storm surge - during a year period. Furthermore, as of , three of six sampled sites in the New Orleans area which showed increases in the concentration of chloride in the water since have converted from freshwater to saltwater.

Think global. Act locally. In all that NPN does, there is a enduring commitment to building capacity in New Orleans residents and neighborhood leaders to advocate for themselves and the best interests of the community.

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This issue is no different. The revitalization and success of this city needs to happen with you, not around you. We believe an informed resident is better prepared to take part in this process. This issue on sustainability provides an eclectic mix of information on the issues and both the strides made and continued challenges that present a threat to the ultimate goal: a city where all neighborhoods are great places to live.

It is our hope that, in some small way, we have made the conversation around sustainability a little more focused and a lot more relatable. But maybe most importantly, we hope you will take this opportunity to recognize sustainability as a citywide, regional and global concept with considerable local impacts Fiscal, logistical, structural, environmental, legal and existential problems. In fact, since railroads first appeared here nearly two centuries ago, their operation has stirred up one controversy or another, from unbridled land expropriations in the early years[30] to the threat of hazardous train derailments today.

In response, every region of the United States — including some states and cities — has formulated a master plan[23], taking a holistic approach to make modern rail harmonize with current and future development projects. Other north-south intercity railways and streetcars followed suit[12] — the N.

Trains were the Internet of their day[31], connecting everyone with everything.

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The first century of life with rail was nevertheless fraught with unforeseen perils such as trains running over livestock[3], boiler explosions[4], forest fires, derailments[5], rail yard accidents, not to mention the adverse health effects of coal dust, defoliants, cinders and much later diesel exhaust. But to their credit, the railroads and the governmental agencies overseeing them responded with evolving regulations[13], protocols[14], equipment upgrades[6] and safety measures[7] aimed at mitigating those perils.

Just as carriages and sailing vessels had done before them, trains dramatically shortened travel time among principal U. Despite setbacks arising from challenging geography, periods of war and recessions, rail rapidly eclipsed horseback and riverboats as a means of moving people and goods to their destination — cheaper, safer, faster and more comfortably than ever before — along hitherto daunting routes and over unimaginable distances.

Everywhere except the Deep South[15], that is. While the national track network steadily grew and improved throughout the nineteenth century, local commerce doggedly relied on cheap manual labor and a well-established steamboat infrastructure for sending goods to coastal ports and inland markets. Instead of building out robust east-west rail connections, water-locked New Orleans would become hide-bound with interior trackage — over miles in use by — mostly for streetcars[11] and short-haul rail.

River crossings here were antique, as well, requiring Westbank-bound trains to be laboriously dismantled and transported slowly by barge! Likewise, the opening of Union Passenger Terminal[18] downtown combined five far-flung depots — each with its own dedicated tracks! Well-planned underpasses would provide safer, grade-separated crossings throughout Orleans Parish, thus relieving much of the decades-old tension between trains and motor traffic.

Buses emerged as the preferred means of public transportation, and long-haul trucks took to the brand-new Interstate highways in ever-increasing numbers. Passenger service revenues tumbled steadily, and train travel became an afterthought, a luxury[28], a spectacle — indeed even today for many travelers[27] — a challenge. By the s, railroad companies were merging at a hectic pace ahead of major government deregulation[19][20].

Miles more track got pulled up and languishing rights-of-way were abandoned and sold off, making way for roadway expansions like Earhart Boulevard and West End. Entire switching yards[21] and mainlines disappeared in the s, freeing up. Within thirty years, the U. For example, rising fuel prices have given railroads a competitive edge over hauling cargo by plane or truck, and commuters are showing renewed interest in regional light rail travel.

Freight trains are growing longer, taller and heavier, going faster and further on a gallon of fuel than ever before; however, they are also carrying a larger proportion of hazardous materials over a visibly aging infrastructure. The resulting public safety and quality-of-life implications are irrefutable[29], yet urban sprawl makes rerouting trains around populated cities a prohibitively costly proposition.

Any corporate investment in the future of rail will necessarily involve a partnership with government, as well as acceptance by the public. For example, the New Orleans Rail Gateway[1] NORG is weighing several major overhauls, some first put forth in the s — eliminating system bottlenecks, removing grade crossings, adding safeguards, etc.

Did You Know…? Class I railroads — more than any other city except Chicago! References [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15]. In Our Opinion The St. Due to funding shortages, plans to extend planned streetcar service through the French Quarter and into the St. Roch, Marigny, Bywater and St. Claude neighborhoods has been nixed. However, before money became the issue, residents and industry stood on opposites sides of the tracks - literally - in a debate over an infrastructure change that would allow the streetcar to cross the railroad tracks at Press Street.

Dear Members of the Board: The St. Claude Association of Neighbors is an organization of residents and property owners in the St. Claude Neighborhood of New Orleans. As such, we and the Norfolk Southern Corporation are neighbors; Norfolk Southern railroad tracks dissect our neighborhood, separating its eastside from its westside, from St. Our shared neighborhood is comprised of working-class residents, the majority of whom rely on public transportation along St. Claude Avenue to commute to service industry, hourly-wage jobs in the French Quarter and the Central Business District.

It would have a major, positive influence on our quality of life. As good neighbors to you, we have accepted traffic delays, round-about routes for emergency vehicles, noise, vibrations and hazardous cargos. We have balanced those inconveniences and dangers against the good that your railroad has brought to our area, and we have welcomed you. We are now calling upon you to be good neighbors in return. The biggest perceived obstacle to the proposed St. We know of no legal or operationally compelling prohibitions against such crossing, and we believe that a streetcar crossing could be safely built and operated without adversely affecting the daily operations of the railroad.

Claude streetcar line to Poland Avenue, across the tracks at Press Street. Construction is scheduled to begin this year, and the new streetcar service is scheduled to begin in The 2. Bernard Parish line. The line will connect to the Loyola Streetcar line, and connector tracks across Canal Street have already been constructed. The streetcars will operate in a designated lane of traffic in essentially the same manner that buses do today and the same way that streetcars now operate on Loyola Avenue and North Carrollton Avenue. Stops, which will be designed to fit the character of the historic area, will be at Conti Street, St.

No federal funds will be used for the Rampart Street segment. For additional information about the project, visit www. As the New Orleans school system has changed, so have the ways in which students get to school — the number of children relying on school buses or public transit has definitely increased. Now the City Council, parents, schools, transportation planners and school-bus companies are coming together to find solutions to safety concerns that have built up over the years.

Those concerns climaxed in February, following the death of 6-year-old Shaud Wilson. Wilson was crossing Paris Avenue — a busy thoroughfare that many school buses use to shuttle students — to get to his bus stop when a driver struck him and drove away. The City Reacts Children are not getting to school by walking or biking to their nearest campus anymore. The new open-enrollment system has given families more choice in where they send their children to school. This is something we all know. But now, action may be coming forward to address how our children get to school.

Though the City Council has little control over the public school system, New Orleans City Councilmember LaToya Cantrell is spearheading the creation of a citywide task force to begin finding solutions to create safe, sustainable transportation for students. Solutions Emerge So far, many solutions have called for a multi-level approach — working with multiple offices and agencies to shoulder the responsibility to reduce the dangers. This includes leaning on local police to enforce speed limits, encouraging schools to keep updated travel plans that strategically locate bus stops, and ensuring the city installs school zone signs, crosswalks and street lights.

It could also include a coordinated process for sharing information so that the problems are clearly identified and monitored. Becker Jr. Transportation Institute at the University of New Orleans. Transportation planners and advocates repeatedly point to controlling speeding as the single best way to reduce serious and fatal pedestrian crashes. Students are some of the most regular and predictable riders according to Rachel Heiligman, executive director of Ride New Orleans.

When schools come together and have purchasing power, they can administer passes in bulk, and that could help RTA respond with more service. The school received money for this and other safe walking and biking programs from a Safe Routes to School grant. These federal transportation grants provide not only educational programs, but also physical improvements to the streets, sidewalks and traffic signs around schools. This year, the KidsWalk Coalition, Bike Easy and the Young Leadership Council have partnered to teach safe walking and biking workshops and programs to local schools, and there are opportunities to bring this to more schools in the future.

Though not every school has crossing guards or bus monitors, volunteer organizations or even senior citizens could provide that service for schools, as some residents have suggested. The KidsWalk Coalition is working with the New Orleans Police Department to develop a crossing guard manual to train volunteer crossing guards. In other cities across the country, like Chicago, traffic tickets from school zone violations go directly toward school transportation safety measures.

This capped off another year of exciting changes and new developments as New Orleans continues to embrace bicycling as an easy and convenient way to get around town. In the last 12 months, twenty-five new miles of bike lanes, shared lanes and trails were completed from Lakeview to Algiers and from New Orleans East to Central City. Following up on a successful Fall campaign in which the Stompers teamed up with RPC to promote pedestrian safety, this past Spring saw the Stompers jump on bicycles. In their increasingly familiar role as safety ambassadors, the Stompers reminded New Orleanians to look for cyclists before opening car doors, to leave at least 3 feet when passing bicyclists and to ride bicycles with the direction of traffic.

This easy-to-understand guide provides bicycle riders and drivers with basic rules and tips to keep everyone safe on the road. Available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, the Guide can be found online at www.

This investment to improve bicycling conditions in New Orleans is paying off, as increasing numbers of residents are taking to bicycles as a means of transportation. This momentum is carrying forward in The network continues to grow, with the latest addition of bike lanes on a portion of Robert E. Lee Blvd in Gentilly. RPC and the City are conducting a feasibility study for a New Orleans bike share system, designed to provide residents with increased transportation options.

Neighboring Jefferson Parish will be presenting their recently developed Bicycle Master Plan for adoption in the coming months. The past several years have witnessed some significant changes in the bicycle environment of New Orleans. The tireless work of residents, advocates and city leaders has set New Orleans on a path to bicycling serving as one of many transportation choices New Orleanians have to navigate the city.

The coming years will continue to see further improvements, as we strive to make New Orleans the most bicycle friendly city in the country. See you on the road. Where Ya Rack? YLC members then volunteer the time and labor needed to install the racks. Bernard Parishes. For more information on YLC, visit www. I became more aware of this issue because my son, Leonard, does not have a car at the present time.

Leonard, like many New Orleans East residents, faces transportation challenges that are being addressed slowly or not at all. Leonard is technologically savvy and has various RTA rider tools that give arrival times, bus tracking and other information on his mobile phone. Despite these tools, Leonard has left home on many occasions to catch a bus heading for downtown only to return home in a few minutes because he missed the bus. At other times, Leonard has stood in the rain or inclement weather waiting for a bus that never came. With only three buses on the bus line, the wait for another bus could range from twenty minutes to an hour depending on the time of day.

In addition, several local bus lines served New Orleans East, including the Read Boulevard line which.


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Back then, buses ran every twenty minutes during peak times of the day and hourly throughout the night. These bus schedules met the needs of bus riders within and outside their eastern New Orleans communities. The Lake Forest line is also the only bus service to the New Orleans East hospital and health centers that provide affordable health care to New Orleans medically underserved residents. The lack of public transportation infrastructure creates significant barriers to many New Orleans residents and hinders their access to essential services, such as health care, education, food and recreational activities.

New Orleans East is finally poised for significant commercial growth with a new Wal-Mart and the New Orleans East Hospital slated to open later this year. I hope that these establishments will spur significant growth in retail and other commercial establishments in the Read and Bullard areas. However, without adequate public infrastructure, a significant number of eastern New Orleanians will be denied convenient access to these facilities. For New Orleans East to support these establishments ,its residents must have equal transportation access within their own community.

In fact, if it were not for public transportation, much of what is New Orleans today may not have developed in the manner it did. The St. Charles Streetcar provided a way to get to the town of Carrollton, which passed through what was once primarily farm land.

The Smoky Mary carried families on outings from the heart of the city out to Lake Pontchartrain and what later became Lakeview. As transit has evolved, so has New Orleans. While there were once more than miles of streetcar tracks criss-crossing the city, most were removed as buses replaced the streetcar system in the middle of the 20th century.

Population grew and suburbs flourished after World War II, and buses became the primary mode of transportation for many. Although recovery is ongoing, RTA has made progress in reviving its streetcar lines and bus routes and replacing its bus and para-transit fleet with new vehicles. The new buses run on bio-diesel, which emits much lower levels of CO2 and other emissions when compared to standard diesel fuel. Tires are filled with nitrogen, which better maintains tire pressure and leads to improved fuel efficiency.

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As always, streetcars are powered by overhead electrical lines, resulting in lower net emissions than gasoline-powered vehicles. Although there are fewer transit lines today than pre-Katrina, the Regional Transit Authority offers service to all areas of the city through buses, streetcars and para-transit. RTA buses are equipped with bicycle racks so that riders can have the option of bicycling from bus stops to their destinations. There is no extra cost; however, because there are only two racks per vehicle, space is on a firstcome, first-served basis. As the CBD is revitalized, and more residents move into repurposed buildings, more service is required.

Charles Streetcar and Riverfront Streetcar lines, allowing for connectivity to points of interest in the French Quarter and Convention Center area all the way to Riverbend and to City Park. Many bus lines also serve the Downtown commercial corridors. The central location allows for passengers to continue trips to neighborhoods throughout the city, whether that is via the St. The RTA has committed to providing Committee members with training opportunities to learn more about the complexities of transit funding and decision-making.

How will the Riders Advisory Committee be structured? The Committee will consist of 21 members. The ideal Committee members are those who are already active in their communities, use transit on a regular basis, and are willing to work as a team toward a united goal. How can I get involved in the Committee? The RTA will put out a call for members through an open application process. Members will be selected from the pool of qualified applicants by an independent panel of community organizations and their appointment to the Committee will be confirmed by the RTA Board of Commissioners.

While the RTA does hold public outreach meetings, they typically only do so after major service changes or capital plans have been developed. This means that riders can only respond to the plans rather than shape them. This is essential for maintaining an equitable and sustainable public transportation system responsive to community needs. A Riders Advisory Committee is a representative group of transit riders that meets regularly to discuss service needs and improvements and to establish goals and priorities for future transit expansion. What will the Committee do?

The Committee will meet at least four times a year - and more as RTA planning efforts take shape. Members will provide input to guide the RTA budgeting, planning. The application timeline has not yet been announced but be sure to stay tuned to www. Ride New Orleans is committed to getting riders ready so that when there is a call for Committee members, the committee is filled with as diverse a membership as possible. This win is for the transit riders, and we thank the dedicated community members who came together to work with us to see the creation of the Committee through to adoption.

For those who depend on public transportation, whether because of age, income or ability, or those who take it by choice, Ride advocates for safe, convenient and affordable transportation choices. Learn more at www. At this writing, applications are being accepted at www. Criteria for serving on the RAC includes: transit use, community involvement, availability to participate and the ability to work as a team toward a united goal.

Not owning your home has limits on repairs and renovations you can make to your house. However, tenants can save money on utilities with cheap and simple changes to technology and their behavior. They are well worth the investment on lights that stay on for 3 hours or more each day. Moving soon? Weather stripping: If you can see light around your exterior doors, you need to add weather stripping or a door sweep. Ask your landlord to do this. If they decline, the materials are so cheap you should ask permission to do it yourself. You can even find many how-to videos on YouTube.

Gas versions of these appliances will save you money. If there have been energy improvements in the home, these questions will prompt the property manager to inform you about them. Get A Roadmap Ready to save money and be comfortable in your home? Houses for 4 monthly Festival MarketPlace young families are days, all which benefit first filling empty lots. Additional events are planned and the strategies of social There is an entrepreneurship are being applied abundance of hard to plans for a community center work ahead but with partners as diverse as the the foundation Crescent City Little Theater, green of a Gentilly technologies, day care, after school Renaissance is activities, rebuilding activities and clearly in place.

We have only begun to prosper! Committees are being formed to respond to government opportunities and initiatives. Baker Gentilly Neighborhood Four years later, houses wait gutted and vacant falling from their foundations onto ashen brown lawns overgrown by weeds and dying trees. A once thriving mall sits empty with smudged glasses, boarded doors and broken locks.

In the middle of a field where I once played little league stands the bones of a schoolhouse and some time home of wayward boys. No one walks its halls, now. Four years later, I can still see possibility. A place where neat shotguns and cottages line the banks of the street while children play baseball as dads fire up barbeque grills. Now, two lie in ruin and we are faced with the decision of what they will become. I want retail. We rarely shopped there. It had very little we needed. If not for the presence of a few key retail anchors and the Community Supermarket, I doubt anyone else would have shopped there either.

I want a healthy mix of businesses. I want to be able to go to the mall and buy oranges from one store and sports equipment from another. I want opportunity. I want learning. My suggestion is a multipurpose library where we can send our kids and know that they are safe and learning. That serves our elders and hosts our cultural events. Now, we have the opportunity to build something better, and hopefully, this will be one part of the recovery that is done properly. The JuJu Bag Cafe, located at Franklin Avenue in Gentilly The JuJu Bag Cafe supports and hosts lots of different event in the community including a weekly poetry night, book signings, Sunday brunch, and even meetings and receptions.

The deck out back makes it an ideal place to hang out, meet in a relaxing environment, or just play hooky. Send your stories, opinions, letters and photos to: thetrumpet npnnola.

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I write this not to evoke notions of nostalgia, but rather because a sense of place is what ties us to our communities and defines our interactions with them. It influences the responsibility that we feel towards our neighbors, our environment, and our level of civic engagement. But what happens when our sense of place is disrupted or destroyed? I do not need to go into the details of the destruction wreaked by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita—if we did not experience it firsthand, our minds are forever imprinted with the images.

Environmental ethicist, Freya Mathews writes:. This irreplaceable significance in our own place or places for us binds us to them. At The Green Project where I work, our concept of sustainability revolves around the appreciation of reused materials. The Green Project is a non-profit retail store located in the St.

Roch neighborhood, and we sell salvaged building material back to the community at an affordable price to help New Orleanians rebuild and maintain their homes. While part of our mission is to prevent the wanton dumping of these materials into the surrounding landfills, we also aim to create a culture of creative reuse. While the latter may appear separate from our environmental mission, I see it as inextricably linked.

Cypress flooring, wrought-iron doors, and stained glass all find their way to The Green Project and then travel on to new homes. Only with this awareness and engagement can we continue to move New Orleans into the new environmental. Darlene Wolnik marketumbrella. By the First World War, there were thirty-two markets scattered throughout the city, with at least one in every neighborhood. Roch were all that was left of this venerable system. However in , local citizens selected the corner of Magazine and Girod the site of an artichoke plantation to begin the Crescent City Farmers Market.

Between and , the organization started three other weekly farmers markets, a fair. Starting in , other city organizers added successful monthly art markets Bywater Art Market starting first at its initial location at Chartres and Piety and occasional flea markets and seasonal costume markets springing up throughout the year. After Hurricane Katrina, many local neighborhoods, individual entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations joined the open-air market movement and in the city has a network of farmers markets, flea markets, art markets, festival markets and storefront produce stands.

This trend closely follows the national spike; at last count over farmers markets alone existed throughout the U. A few national organizations offer some level of training and resource sharing for markets; New Orleans based marketumbrella. It offers free downloadable tools to measure success and check best practices for all types of public markets on issues such as managing risk, recruiting vendors and accepting SNAP food stamps. These can be found on their website at www. Palmer Park, S. Carrollton and S. Claiborne Ave. Fourth Saturday of each month a.

Every Saturday magazine and Girod, Every Tuesday p. First Saturday of the month, p. As residents returned to Lakeview there was a need for supporting commercial services to return as well. The site of the market was chosen in the Harrison Avenue commercial corridor as a way of stimulating its revitalization. It provides a way for neighbors to re-connect as in an old town square. First Friday of the month from 4 p. Thursday 3 pm to 7 pm rain or shine. Service Rd.

Every fourth Saturday 4 to 7 p. At the corner of Caffin St. Every second Saturday. Frederick Douglass High School, St. Claude Avenue Saturday, p. Wilson Charter School are planting seeds of environmental awareness within the community. This 8-block radius will serve as the cornerstone of education, community and economic advancement in order to maximize the capacity, capability and opportunity of both Wilson students and Broadmoor residents. After operating at a temporary site for over two years, Wilson Charter is preparing to move back to Broadmoor.

In January Wilson students, families and faculty will return to their original location at General Pershing Avenue: they will be greeted by a new campus that they will hardly recognize.


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  • With the help of the Recovery School District and Global Green Initiative, the new Wilson school will house state-of-the-art technology and facilities to promote the arts, create a culture of lifelong learning and increase the vitality of the neighborhood. Wilson Charter is also LEED Platinum Certified, utilizing more than 40 specific green measures that will minimize electricity and energy usage, including:. The school will be able to use the data for education purposes and to monitor carbon offset. The creative design of Wilson Charter also provides for the new gymnasium and renovated library as space for Broadmoor community programming, thereby fully utilizing available space for the school and neighborhood.

    Sensors installed on these windows will also control the temperature inside and allow for In addition to these physical improvements, Wilson Charter has also made efficient heating and cooling strategies. After reopening as a charter high school one year after Katrina, Warren Easton has expanded its effort to include a renewed focus on the health of all its students. Warren Easton recognizes that schools have more influence on the lives of young people than any other social setting except for family, and thus have a responsibility to shape the health, education and wellbeing of children and youth.

    Numerous studies have shown that healthier students have improved attendance, better grades, higher graduation rates, lower dropout rates, more participation in school activities, and higher aspirations for postsecondary education. Connection was launched in insurance. Numerous studies have shown that healthier students have The aim of improved attendance, better grades, higher graduation rates, School Health lower dropout rates, more participation in school activities, Connection was to redevelop and higher aspirations for post-secondary education.

    Warren W. With medical staffing from Tulane University School of Medicine, this school-based health clinic will provide medical exam services, dental services, and behavioral health services. The clinic will be staffed with a nurse practitioner, a social worker, public health educators, and a parttime pediatrician. These comprehensive services will be provided to students at no out-of-pocket cost.

    The school hopes to expand these types of medical services to the larger community in the future. In the meantime, Warren Easton is expanding partnerships with other communitybased organizations that support health and youth development during school and after-school hours. Immediately after reopening in , Warren Easton brought in many community partnerships to provide additional health education and support student health.

    Student health needs have been more of a priority as students cope with the disruption that the storm had on their lives. Warren Easton who needed them. In March , Warren Easton formed health clinic from the W. Kellogg of mechanisms aimed at supporting Charter High School and School a collaborative partnership with Foundation, Warren Easton Charter student and family health by using a Health Connection will continue School Health Connection, a program Foundation, Sandra Bullock, and the coordinated school health approach.

    School Health of necessary prescriptions that are school health at Warren Easton. The not covered by Medicaid or private coordinated school health plan will. It all started with Mr. Aloyd Edinburgh. An avid gardener, Mr. Aloyd had been growing vegetables out of containers he has no land on his property in his driveway on Chartres Street for over 20 years. According to Mr. So it became his garden away from home. It became his contribution to the neighborhood.

    He planted for all who wanted to harvest, and took pleasure in witnessing neighbors come by to pick what he grew. After Katrina, the vacant lot had become overgrown and wild. Aloyd to do something with the lot. The idea that this abandoned lot could develop into a flourishing garden emerged. Inspired by the show of support, Mr. Aloyd immediately began his work. Using a tiller loaned by another gardenerresident Ms. Patsy Story, he turned the soil and created a few garden beds. In these beds, he planted okra, corn and beans. Although of Parkway Partners, who agreed to short of its fundraising goal, the donate 25 trees to the garden, and Guerrilla Garden project moves ever New Orleans Food and Farm Network, forward, hopeful that it will reach its who promised 20 cubic yards of goal.

    The planting will commence at They required either ownership or a 9am and will be followed by a tree long-term lease. NORA would not care workshop at noon. Beginning agree to a long-term lease or donate November 9th, In Good Company the property, so the team decided to volunteers sponsored by various buy it. All are welcome to help; ensued. The team organized several Lower Ninth Ward residents are overlapping fundraisers — an ongoing strongly encouraged.

    Aloyd himself, and a residents committed to community successful Seafood Boil at the Village revitalization. Local neighbors have worked together businesses, such as Jeff Of All Trades clearing this lot, planning the space,. Once an overgrown dumping ground, this space is now clear, maintained, and ready to be developed. The Guerrilla Garden is about community building and community ownership, eliminating blight and providing food access. It will feature a small tree grove, a shade structure with a rainwater catchment system, inground vegetable patches as well as raised garden beds, and ample seating.

    It will be a place for folks of all ages to get together and learn from each other. To support the Guerrilla Garden project with a donation, visit www. For a directory, go to www. They also properly dispose of what cannot be recycled. Go to www. Broad and Bienville on second Saturdays. Note: Remember, when purchasing paper and other items, look for recycled products.

    Also be sure to save boxes and packing materials from items you receive to reuse at a later date. Keep your files saved on your computer, backed up of course, not in file cabinets and stacks around your office. Just search online for your drive on something the size of a key. Commuting: Regardless of your specific situation, there is likely something you can do to minimize pollution, gas and time wasted during your commute.

    Consider telecommuting, public transportation, carpooling or the various alternative transportation options such as hybrids, electric cars, motorcycles, scooters or bicycles. If these are not an option, consider slowing down your speed and avoiding any abrupt stop and go driving to save a great deal on gas and stress. Hold meetings via video conferencing with clients and your team to minimize travel and save time. Also, avoid the headache of lunchtime traffic by bringing your lunch to work in a reusable containers.

    This saves money, gas, stress and calories. If you do choose go out for lunch, consider walking, biking or commuting with others. Also, bring any unused cups, utensil and dishes from home to keep in the break room for yourself or others, to minimize the waste of disposal items. There are many more things you can do to help green your office. You will also receive a link to online posters you can print and post in your office to help create awareness. The St. Roch neighborhood is a microcosm of the post-Katrina redevelopment in New Orleans.

    Roch, like the city, needs fixing; a need dramatized by but far predating Hurricane Katrina. The question then becomes: how best to repair it? It depends on who you ask. A farming community of freed blacks for most of the 19th century, the neighborhood saw an influx of French and German immigrants in the early 20th century, becoming by the s it an exclusive white enclave.

    Then Katrina hit. The majority of St. Roch flooded and, four years later, recovery is sluggish. Less than half of its home-owners are back, poverty levels are exacerbated, and few businesses operate in the neighborhood. Moreover, cornerstones of the neighborhood like the historic St. Roch Market and Independence Square Park have yet to be fully revived, though it is not for lack of hopeful voices.

    Roch Project in the dark weeks following the storm. Roch, which is one of many long-neglected neighborhoods. Roch Ave. Roch, restore St. Roch is not lost on Bywater and that board members are all resident, artist and voodoo priestess residents of those neighborhoods. Sally Glassman. We want us all to meet one art bazaar, community radio and TV another. Roch were a shotgun the St. Master Plan.

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    The plan lauds the projects underway, including the Art To be housed in the under- Walk, the Healing Center, and the renovation Universal Furniture proposed renovation of the St. Roch Building at St. Roch and St. Claude from for the controversial redevelopment Canal to Press St. Lang businesses in the building will be and Glassman also point to a common just enough to cover utilities, taxes obstacle: overcoming issues of trust and the extra necessary to offer all which the Healing Center website services on a sliding scale.


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    • Roch Improvement. Association, founded in to improve quality of life in St. The Katrina phenomenon has made him a zealous guard of that trust. The face of New Orleans before the storm was poor and female and that voice is not in the plan. Claude is the front door of St. Roch, Florida is the back of its back yard, and there Lawson sees neglect. Claude, facts he laments, though he supports the programs themselves. Joseph Cao.

      Of all the things about post-Katrina New Orleans that weigh heavily on the souls of New Orleans musicians, it's the city's silence. It was the first thing legendary jazz pianist Henry Butler noticed when he returned to his hometown after Katrina. Blind, Butler relied on friends to detail the devastation of his Gentilly home, but his other senses served up a potent picture of what had befallen the city. I realized at that moment this wasn't my home anymore. Literally blown by the winds and water to the four corners of the compass, they have left their hometown behind, and the question hanging over the city is, how many will return?

      The storm has certainly bolstered international interest in the city's greatest cultural asset, already strong in Europe and Asia, and New Orleans musicians are being invited to jazz festivals in Chicago, New York and Washington. But it has also exposed a dark side of the Big Easy, a place critics say where leadership was lacking and corruption endemic, where sustenance for the arts was nonexistent, and it's not at all clear that authentic New Orleans music will survive the storm in the long run.

      Those community groups that kept the flame alive, the social aid and pleasure clubs, the Mardi Gras Indian bands and brass bands that played at jazz funerals, have been scattered. Even before Katrina, New Orleans music was in danger as venerable nightspots in the French Quarter were replaced by tourist bars. Music was touted, "Disneyfied," Butler said, but not supported, and Katrina blew apart the social fabric that kept the traditions alive. Michael White, a clarinetist and musical historian at Xavier University, said it was shameful that so many valuable musical collections, like his own, were in private homes and never given pride of place in the city.

      The "collective improvisation" that worked to create New Orleans jazz is not a model for the new city, Butler said.