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Apr 072017
 

An overview of the station location map used during the public workshop.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Faubourg St. John neighbors have worked for weeks to identify the best future locations for bicycle sharing stations in the area, though residents aren’t sure their voices will be heard.

Steve Kaplan, member of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association, said about a dozen FSJNA members determined the safest and most aesthetically-pleasing spots in the neighborhood for the stations. Neighbors shared their findings with city officials at the public bicycle share workshop in Mid-City on Monday.

“The program is going to happen,” Kaplan told FSJNA at its meeting Tuesday. “It’s going to happen, and where we put the stations initially is very critical. We tried to come up with the least invasive and most probably chance to succeed.” Continue reading »

Apr 042017
 

After years of protests, delays and lawsuits, City Park’s Bayou Oaks golf course is slated to open later this month (Claire Byun/cbyun@nolamessenger.com).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

A brand new Mid-City golf course is just weeks from completion, and officials expect revenues to hit more than $1 million during the first year. Those profits, however, are planned for more charitable uses.

City Park’s newest championship golf course, called Bayou Oaks, opens to the public April 21. The $24 million course will be managed by the Bayou District Foundation, which oversees the North Course in the park as well.

Previously, Bayou District Foundation redeveloped the St. Bernard Public Housing Development to create Columbia Parc in 2010. The 53-acre site is now part of a Bayou District that includes an early education school, a planned K-8 public charter school and a college prep public high school two blocks away. J.T. Hannan, director of public and governmental affairs, said the district includes families from three income levels – low income, public income and market rate – which diversifies the housing complex. Continue reading »

Apr 032017
 

Residents discuss the best bicycle share station locations during a public workshop Monday evening.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

A slew of bicycle share stations are proposed along Esplanade Avenue and the Lafitte Greenway, and Mid-City residents got their chance at criticizing or recommending them Monday night.

The 700 custom-designed bicycles will be placed at an estimated 70 stations designated at locations in neighborhoods around the city as part of a citywide bicycle share program, Dwight Norton of the mayor’s office of resilience, said. The program launches in October after three more public workshops, an online survey, several draft plans and a public hearing.

Norton and his team hosted the Mid-City/Bayou St. John bicycle share public workshop Monday evening to a crowd of about 40 people. Continue reading »

Apr 032017
 

A rider checks out a bicycle from a station in an image from a promotional video produced by Social Bicycles (via YouTube)

New Orleans’ new bicycle share program has room for 70 bike “stations” throughout the city, and officials are hosting a public workshop to gain public input tonight.

Mid-City and Bayou St. John split a workshop, which will be at First Grace United Methodist Church, 3401 Canal St. The workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading »

Apr 032017
 

Friends of Lafitte Greenway are offering up a free and fun way to get fit this Spring.

Free bilingual Zumba classes will be held every Tuesday as part of Friends’ Get Fit the Green Way program, which works to improve opportunities for health and wellbeing for all New Orleans residents and Lafitte Greenway communities. Continue reading »

Mar 312017
 

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

If you live in Mid-City, City Park Triangle, Tulane-Canal, or Faubourg St. John, the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization wants you. Or your opinion, for that matter.

MCNO is surveying residents before Monday’s bike share workshop hosted by the city. The workshop, which is meant to gather public input on the best locations for the 70 bicycle stations throughout the city, starts at 6:30 p.m. at First Grace United Methodist Church, 3401 Canal St. Continue reading »

Mar 242017
 

(via facebook.com/lafittegreenway)

Rain or shine, the annual Hike the Greenway event goes on.

Saturday’s forecast calls for rain but Friends of Lafitte Greenway officials are still planning free guided hikes of the greenspace starting at 10 a.m. In the event of thunderstorms, the walking portion of the hike will be canceled, and all activities will be moved to Second Line Brewing Party at 11 a.m. Continue reading »

Mar 242017
 

New Orleans City Study Committee’s suggested boundaries for the Parkview Local Historic District (in pink).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

After mixed feedback from the public, the New Orleans City Council approved the creation of the Parkview Historic District.

The council approved the creation of the new district at their regular meeting Thursday. The historic district comes under control of the Historic District Landmarks Commission, which has oversight only over demolition. Continue reading »

Mar 232017
 

New Orleans City Study Committee’s suggested boundaries for the Parkview Local Historic District (in pink).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

The New Orleans City Council will consider the creation of the Parkview Historic District at their meeting Thursday, though the neighborhood association independently voted to opt out last month. Continue reading »