Community Improvements

IMPROVING DISTRICT “A” FROM STREETS TO EATS

With over 20 years of experience and involvement with various neighborhood and community associations and committees, Councilmember Guidry considers improving the quality-of-life for District “A” to be one of her most important responsibilities. One of New Orleans’ most talked about issues is the condition of our streets. FEMA’s reassessment of the Katrina damage to New Orleans’ streets and infrastructure is bringing an additional $43 million to District “A,” dedicated to street improvements over the next several years. Construction on hundreds of miles of streets is already underway.

Since 2006, District “A” has experienced an incredible resurgence. Due to New Orleans Redevelopment Authority Road Home (NORA), a city agency that auctions off blighted properties to owners who agree to remodel or begin construction within a year, the area now has an astounding number of new homeowners who have helped rebuild the community. There are many new hotspots with its blossoming restaurant scenes, cozy coffee shops, and top-notch retailers.

Highlights

  • Passed the Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP), which requires developers to engage affected neighborhoods and residents as early in the land use and development processes as possible and expands notification requirements to property owners, residents and neighborhood associations
  • Voted to establish NORD Commission to revitalize and reform City’s recreation programs
  • Voted to reform “Lot Next Door” program to improve citizen interest and participation
  • Authored legislation protecting local permanent retailers’ right to display and sell certain merchandise on the street during Jazz Fest
  • Authored legislation accepting $1.8 million in federal funds to restore historic Magnolia Bridge on Bayou St. John
  • Awarded almost $100,000 in City Council/Harrah’s Community Grants to 28 local non-profit organizations
  • Assisted Hike for KaTREEna in planting new trees at West End and Conrad Park
  • Certified the Uptown-University and Faubourg St. John Cultural Districts, and facilitated the expansion of the Mid-City Cultural District,  to help protect neighborhoods’ cultural identities and restore historic building features within the district
  • Facilitated installation of five KaBOOM playgrounds in Palmer Park, Conrad Park, Easton Playground, McDonough City Park Academy, and Langston Hughes Elementary
  • Fostered development and improvement of District A parks and playgrounds, including Gernon Brown gymnasium, Fleur de Lis Park, Willie Hall Playground, Palmer Park, Conrad Park, Easton Playground, and Stallings Playground
  • Introduced amendment to require food truck vendors to place signs notifying the neighborhood of its intent to apply for food truck franchise at that location
  • Authorized funding for improvements to Marconi Drive bike path and construction of City Park Splash Park
  • Authorized the expansion of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club
  • Facilitated funding for Harrell Stadium improvements and obtaining 2013 Super Bowl turf for the football field
  • Helped coordinate successful mediation between Jimmy’s Music Club, the Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association, and near neighbors