Read and Lake Forest Corridors

New Orleans, USA

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The proposed study area is located within the New Orleans East neighborhood in the City of New Orleans.

The deadline for final project submissions is Thursday 8 June 5PM UTC

The study area comprises two major corridors, Read Boulevard and Lake Forest Boulevard and is approximately 339 hectares. It includes both major commercial thoroughfares as well as residential neighbourhoods with both single-family and multi-family homes. The City’s Master Plan identifies this area as an “opportunity site” given its potential for community-based redevelopment. The City’s Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has established a transit hub at the intersection of these two streets and is studying the area as a main route for the establishment of a bus rapid transit system (BRT) in the near future. 

The neighbourhood, like much of New Orleans East, has experienced rapid change in the last four decades. The site has historically included the middle-class African American base of the City, however, has struggled with increased poverty, particularly since Hurricane Katrina devastated the neighbourhood. The area has also struggled with commercial disinvestment since then, although new opportunities may soon come to fruition. In addition, there are several city-owned properties in this area, such as Joe Brown Park and several undeveloped city properties, which the City could use as cornerstones of a redevelopment strategy. The area has a disconnected network of bicycling and pedestrian paths in the area and the City hopes that new developments, such as the recently completed Lake Forest Manor, a 200-unit complex for seniors adjacent to this area, can be used to comprehensively plan a network of transportation options for residents in the area. 

The City’s primary goal is a community-based redevelopment strategy that improves the quality of life for residents through clean energy solutions and makes walking, biking, and transit options safe, connected and the preferred modes of transportation for residents. In the City’s 2017 and updated 2022 Climate Action Plans the City has set a goal of 50% non-automobile trips by 2030 to reduce emissions from transportation. The City hopes this challenge will provide inspiration for redeveloping a key portion of the City that is geographically separated by the Industrial Canal.

Approx. site area

339 hectares (1.31 square miles)

Key Information

This area of the City is approximately 88% African-American and the average household income is $43,169, compared to $73,963 citywide.

Priority areas & main expectations

The main priority for the city is to envision the redevelopment of key portions of this neighbourhood in a way that increases local access to key amenities and thus decreases vehicle emissions. Furthermore, it is critical that community needs are reflected within the design with a focus on affordable housing, safety, reduced energy burden and reliable, connected, and safe transportation.

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Lake Forest Blvd
New Orleans USA