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Meeting held to discuss the future of the Claiborne Avenue Corridor

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New Orleans, LA -- The Claiborne Avenue Corridor has been one of the most controversial developments in New Orleans.

Today, residents from Orleans, St. Bernard and Jefferson Parishes packed the Dillard University campus for the first of several neighborhood meetings to discuss the study and revitalization of Claiborne Avenue, called "Livable Claiborne Communities."

The study will analyze potential investments to improve transit, connect housing to jobs, schools and healthcare; advance sustainability; and promote livable neighborhoods and economic development.

The study will investigate ways to mitigate the impacts of the elevated freeway of Interstate 10 over Claiborne Avenue including the feasibility of various alternatives for future transportation investments that may or may not include its removal.

Residents and urban planners discussed whether or not to keep the elevated freeway, which has been controversial since its construction back in the 1960s.

"Many other cities have taken down freeways and built surface level boulevards that carry just as much traffic, but do it in a way that's much prettier with better designs and help facilitate walking, cycling, transit and automobiles and trucks access as well," says John Renne, UNO Associate Professor of Director of Transportation Institute.

The total funding for the study is $2,758,500.

It is expected to be completed in 10 months.

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