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The Grand Opening of The Lafitte Greenway: Connecting Neighborhoods in New Orleans

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It was an emotional morning for myself and many others who witnessed the grand opening of the new public green space in New Orleans, The Lafitte Greenway. A vision that began in 2007 with the creation of the Lafitte Greenway Master plan by the Friends of Lafitte Greenway. This vision led to the development of the 2010 Lafitte Greenway Sustainable Water Design and commissioned the Lafitte Corridor Tree inventory. Now, 2015, The Lafitte Greenway, connecting six historic neighborhoods over what was first a shipping canal in the mid 18th century and then a railroad after that. is officially open to the public. The crowd of celebrators included Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Councilmember Susan Guidry, community members, members of GNOHA, Bike Easy, and other supporters.

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As the mayor Mitch Landrieu thanked all of the people involved in the creation of the Greenway he stated, “We’re turning this over to you now, this is yours. You need to take care of it, you need to protect it. You need to make sure it is here for future generations.” Only emphasizing the Greenway as a public space and it’s significance as a green space created for the communities along it from the French Quarter to Bayou St. John and Mid-City. It was an entire day dedicated to supporting the Lafitte Greenway. Later that evening the Friends of Lafitte Greenway held it’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser “The Greenway Soirée” where we honored the leaders who were a part of making this dream come true from the very beginning. Thank you to all who support positive environmental change, community justice efforts, healthier communities, and an over all belief in positive change for a safer, stronger community.

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