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Community workshops to be held on Claiborne Avenue Corridor

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New Orleans, La. - New Orleans residents will get another opportunity to hear potential "future and scenarios" for the Claiborne Avenue Corridor.

The Livable Claiborne Communities Revitalization Study will hold a second round of community workshops and open house meetings starting Saturday, March 16.

An idea to possibly tear down the elevated portions of I-10 over Claiborne Avenue has sparked concern among residents and businesses in the area.

People who attend the meeting will be able to discuss goals and objectives for the project gathered from the input of more than 400 community members who participated in the first round of public meetings.

Concerns include:

- reducing blight and vacancy;

- keeping housing affordable for current residents and their children;

- addressing the critical need for jobs and small business support;

- making the area appealing to new and growing industries;

- increasing residents' access to fresh food and neighborhood-serving retail;

- supporting local culture with neighborhood revitalization initiatives;

- balancing the needs of residents and motorists when considering any changes to I-10;

- increasing public transit access for area residents and commuters;

- restoring beauty to Claiborne Avenue;

- reconnecting neighborhoods;

- improving streets for strolling, gathering and bicycling;

- incorporating effective storm water management into all plans

The Claiborne communities at the heart of the study lie along Claiborne Avenue from Napoleon Avenue to Elysian Fields Avenue, and between Broad Street on the lake side and Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue on the Mississippi River side.

The community workshops and open house meetings are scheduled for:

Saturday, March 16

9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Joseph A. Craig Elementary School

1423 St. Philip St.

New Orleans

Monday, March 18

4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

1712 O.C. Haley Blvd.

New Orleans

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