Fighting Poverty with Passion
|Lately, I have been pouring much of my time and energy into creating The ReUse District in the 7th Ward, Bywater, Marigny, St. Claude, and St. Roch neighborhoods. This a collaborative project between The Green Project, Habitat Restore, Marigny Green Preservation Resource Center, Rebuilding Together New Orleans, and St. Claude Main Street. The ReUse District will function much like an arts district—participating business and organizations that use reused or reclaimed materials can come together to collectively market what they do and reach a larger audience. We will create a referral service to help customers and clients, a website to make the district more accessible, and host reuse events to increase the awareness of the District and what is going on in participating neighborhoods.
In doing so, we hope to increase the appreciation of reused materials as an affordable and environmentally responsible alternative, bring new customers and clients to these five New Orleans neighborhoods, and also increase the sales for all participating businesses.While we may be working to “found” the District, in reality, the ReUse District already exists. There is a plethora a nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, studios, and workshops that all value these materials and make the principals of reuse central to their operations. The trick is getting them to come and work together… The Green Project, Habitat Restore, and Preservation Resource Center Salvage Store are all committed to seeing The ReUse District become a success. However, we are experiencing a paradoxical predicament. The ReUse District will be most successful when a good number of these reuse business and organizations join our initiative. However, we understand that people are more likely to join an initiative when they already know that it will be a success.