NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - She's only been in business a month, but from her view behind the counter of her newly minted food shop, Gail Joseph can see possibilities.
"I hope the greenway will be a success," Joseph said. "I hope our store will be a success."
Joseph envisions people from all walks of life enjoying the brand new Lafitte Greenway. Soon, these same walkers and bikers will need a cold drink or a quick snack, which she is happy to offer.
"So it's coming in the nick of time, right in the nick of time," she said.
Joseph isn't the only one who sees possibilities. The area used to be an industrial railway. The 2.6-mile path is a vision years in the making.
"And by the way, this is just the beginning," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu at Friday's ribbon-cutting. "Because we're not just building a bike path, we're not just building a greenway, we're building a place. The University Medical Center is right down the street, Sojourner Academy is here, state-of-the-art housing is here."
The lighted trail now connects six New Orleans neighborhoods from the French Quarter through Bayou St. John to Mid-City, bringing people outside and bringing people together.
"That's what's very exciting is that you see folks from all walks of life from all neighborhoods biking and walking and running and pushing strollers and picking up the groceries and just interacting right here on this path," said Sophie Harris. "It's a beautiful thing."
As the mayor thanked all parties involved for their cooperation and cut the ribbon, he discharged the new bike path and green space to the city's residents.
"We're turning his over to you now, this is yours," he said. "You need to take care of it, you need to protect it. You need to make sure it is here for future generations."
People like Joseph, who grew up in the Lafitte housing development but crossed over Orleans Avenue to open a store.