Fighting Poverty with Passion
It has been an exciting and productive month here at TCC! We have a new addition to our team and several projects are wrapping up.
Sue Mobley has joined the staff as our Community Outreach Manager. She has a background in Anthropology and Political Science with a focus on race, class and gender. She is a perfect fit for the job and hit the ground running on developing a strategic plan for hosting mission aligned groups and programs within our space, in addition to increasing TCC’s impact in our new neighborhood of Central City. TCC has work across New Orleans but will focus heavily on engaging with Central City for the next few years. I have been working with Sue to organize and manage events, including our grand opening party on December 12th. This event will be free and open to the public and will show the neighborhood what TCC does.
The opening is also meant to showcase the student work which will be complete by then. The design-build studio has been hard at work constructing the interior elements. Things are going up quickly and 1725 Baronne looks different each week. Things are finally coming into place and we are realizing how the space can be used.
Three new project booklets have been published and printed: The Dew Drop Inn, L9-Environmental Learning + Research Center, and Hung Dao Community Gardens. These are examples of how the work of TCC varies, from historic renovation, to design-build and urban planning. The Dew Drop Inn is an Historic Landmark on LaSalle Street and one of New Orleans most significant music heritage sites. The building has fallen into disrepair after Katrina and TCC provided design services to propose how the Dew Drop Inn could be renovated. We also installed a temporary facade which tells the rich musical history of the site.
Construction of Parisite Skatepark has been moving along, thanks in part to volunteers from Hands On New Orleans, Groundwork New Orleans, GroW Nola, Tulane’s Architecture Fraternity, Architecture Student Government, Tulane’s Service Fraternity, Tulane’s Business Fraternity, Dillard University, as well as countless individuals and skaters. Last weekend we had over 40 volunteers and everyone had a good time and we were able to make significant progress.