Talk: Beyond the High Line: Transforming New Orleans

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Monday, October 15, 2012 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Talk: Beyond the High Line: Transforming New Orleans

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This event takes place in the covered 14th Street Passage and is rain or shine.

The Lafitte Corridor is an unused canal and railway right-of-way that connects several historic neighborhoods in the heart of New Orleans. The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, Waggonner & Ball Architects, the grassroots group Friends of the Lafitte Corridor, and many others have joined together to advocate for the greenway’s redevelopment as a unique urban amenity with ecologic, economic, and social value and benefits. Community planning, design and construction of the first project within the Corridor, 3.1 mile pedestrian and bicycle trail, is currently underway, thanks to Mayor Mitch Landrieu's committment to the project and a $7.6 million Disaster Recovery Community Development Grant which is being administered by the City of New Orleans, The Honorable U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who is the champion for progressive water management in Louisiana, will introduce the speakers.

A reception featuring the Baby Soda Jazz Band will follow the talk.

We are pleased to welcome Jeff Hebert from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and David Waggonner from Waggonner & Ball Architects to talk about plans for the Lafitte Corridor, the Pontilly project, and how New Orleans’ adaptive reuse and greening work must plan for water.

LOCATION 14th Street Passage On the High Line at West 14th Street

This High Line Program is free and open to visitors of all ages. No RSVP required. A free reception with the speakers will follow the presentation.

SIGN UP for our email newsletter during the event and gain free entry into the Beyond the High Line: Transforming New Orleans Raffle. Grand prize is a $75 gift certificate to Terroir at The Porch, the High Line’s outdoor café serving beer, wine, and delicious small plates at West 15th Street!

Enjoy a snack or meal while you’re visiting the High Line. There are tacos, hot dogs, gelato, and more from our food vendors, which are open daily on the High Line at West 16th Street. Learn more.

ABOUT U.S. SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU Mary L. Landrieu was first elected to the Louisiana state legislature at the age of 23. In 1996 she became the first woman from Louisiana elected to a full term in the U.S. Senate. Senator Landrieu has been the leading voice in Washington for the Gulf Coast recovery effort. In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the failures of the federal levee system, she secured billions in recovery dollars and has worked extensively to jumpstart recovery projects. In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Senator Landrieu introduced the RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act, which will, for the first time, direct 80 percent of the Clean Water Act penalties paid by BP directly to the Gulf Coast.

ABOUT JEFF HEBERT Jeff Hebert is the Executive Director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority where he is responsible for redevelopment projects for the City of New Orleans and the successful disposition of over 3,000 properties that were acquired through the state’s housing recovery program.

Jeff found his way back home in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita serving as the Director of Community Planning for the Louisiana Recovery Authority where he was tasked with working with local governments throughout the state to develop recovery plans – including the Unified New Orleans Plan.

Jeff has received a Bachelors in Urban Design & Architecture Studies from NYU and a Masters of City Planning from MIT.

Jeff is currently a board member of the Young Leadership Council, Second Harvest Food Bank, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the United Way Vision Council.

David Waggonner is the president of Waggonner & Ball Architects, an award-winning architecture and planning practice located in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is also the initiator of Dutch Dialogues, an exchange between Dutch engineering and design professionals and their American counterparts focused on water-based urban design. Over the course of three Dutch Dialogue conferences, David has articulated a new vision of New Orleans as a delta city living with – rather than against – water to address long-term development of urban character and form.

David is currently leading a team of local and international experts to develop a Comprehensive Water Management Strategy for the Greater New Orleans region. Ultimately the teams’ goal is to develop a model of sustainable delta urbanism that embraces water in all its forms to improve safety and resiliency, grow the economy and provide public amenities. The plan is scheduled for completion in late 2012.

Beyond the High Line is presented by Friends of the High Line in partnership with the Rails to Trails Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land. This program is made possible by the New York Community Trust—LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund and Greenacre Foundation.