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NOLA and the reimagining of I-10

Posted By John Latta On April 4, 2013 @ 2:58 pm In The Roadologist | No Comments

urban freeway; photo: Jessica Yoon [1]

Photo: Jessica Yoon

It would seem to be a given that Americans reinvent themselves and their surroundings faster than anybody else.

Many roads that helped build and make cities, sit today amid changed and changing landscapes. And that offers a chance to find a new way to look at the relationship between the road and the people who live with it.

Take, as a single example, parts of I-10 in New Orleans.

Like in so many American cities, this area of New Orleans has suffered from the creation of a freeway that cuts through cities. It’s a case of public dollars creating freeways that devalue private real estate.

A study in New Orleans aims to reimagine Claiborne Avenue as a transportation corridor that anchors a more livable community. Funded by federal and local government grants as well as private funding partners, Livable Claiborne Communities [2] is a study that underscores how transportation affects land uses, economic activities and environmental conditions.

This is part of a blog post by Jessica Yoon [3], a native Oregonian who lives in New Orleans. She holds a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University, where, she says, she became interested in how great places can promote both equity and prosperity.

Jessica and I would probably have a few differences to discuss, but this project may be an example of keeping a road as an integral part of a developing neighborhood, of finding a way to merge old and new into a vibrant “transportation corridor.”

(Photo: Jessica Yoon [3])

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[1] Image: http://www.equipmentworld.com/files/2013/04/urban-freeway.jpg

[2] Livable Claiborne Communities: http://livableclaiborne.com/default.aspx

[3] a blog post by Jessica Yoon: http://www.globalsiteplans.com/environmental-design/urban-planning-and-design/rethinking-an-urban-freeway-in-new-orleans-louisiana/

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