The Will and The Way

The Will and The Way: The Enduring Spirit of New Orleanss

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Our aim is to build an optimistic future on the foundation of our past. And what's driving our efforts is faith. Faith in the power of our people and our leadership to move forward with purpose.

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The NOLA Youth Works Summer Employment program provided 10,631 summer jobs to New Orleans teens.

NOPD Second District

The city began constructing the new 17,000-square foot Second District NOPD Station in Gert Town in May 2017. The new facility, which will provide critical support for the Uptown and Carrollton communities, will replace the current Second District Station on Magazine Street. Interior spaces will feature a detective Investigation Unit, a Narcotics Platoon and Task Force Units. The facility will have a roll call and conference room that the community will be able to use for public meetings. The new police station shares a community plaza with the Gert Town Community Pool, or Natatorium. 

Laurel School

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Laurel School

The first of two Laurel Elementary School buildings was constructed in 1897 as McDonogh No. 1. The second, known as the Annex, was added in 1972. The two buildings, now home to Sci Tech Academy, were renovated with new mechanical systems in a project that included major exterior work, namely…

Morial School

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Morial School

Before Katrina, this Grant Street location was home to Ernest “Dutch” Morial School, named for the city’s first African American mayor. So when KIPP McDonogh No. 15 moved into this newly built school building, McDonogh 15 took the Morial name. The new three-story facility includes science…

It's the people of New Orleans that provide the energy and support for each other to have that faith to move forward in all areas. We have very passionate people, people who really care about this city, people who want to see good things happening and want to see this city move forward. But, we also have honest people that know that the work's not done yet. We've gone a long way, but we have a long way to go.

Plan for Homelessness

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Plan for Homelessness

Since the plan to end homelessness was unveiled in 2011, the city has reduced homelessness by 90% and functionally ended veteran homelessness in New Orleans.

Behavioral Health Resource Guide

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Behavioral Health Resource Guide

The Behavioral Health Resource Guide was published to help promote mental health and substance abuse support services.

Thurgood Marshall School

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Thurgood Marshall School

The former Thurgood Marshall Middle School building has served as the temporary home of a few schools since Katrina and was slated in 2018 to become the new home of Success Preparatory School. The building has been refurbished inside and out, from its windows, doors, walls and roof to the built-in…

Hardin Playground

After being used as a FEMA trailer park after Katrina, Hardin Playground needed renovations. At the corner of New Orleans Street and N. Dorgenois Street in the Seventh Ward, the playground now has outdoor basketball courts, all-purpose fields and field lights, baseball fields and play equipment.

Neighborhood Clinics

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Neighborhood Clinics

A network of neighborhood clinics has been preserved and supported, helping to serve 59,000 patients across the region.

Bethune Elementary School

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Bethune Elementary School

The new, modernist building, which opened in 2015, was designed around several majestic live-oak trees that line the site along Humanity Street. It includes a gym, cafeteria, library/media rooms, music and performance spaces along with arts and science classrooms.

Tubman Elementary School

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Tubman Elementary School

Recent renovations to this historic school (built in 1917) enhanced its mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems while carefully preserving its interior courtyard and other historical features designed by noted New Orleans architect Edgar Christy. 

Job Growth

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Job Growth

Since 2010, the City is home to 20,000 new jobs, thanks to an influx of opportunity from diverse businesses like GE Capital, global technology company DXC Technology, plastics packager TCI Plastics,…

Active Shooter Prevention

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Active Shooter Prevention

The NOPD partnered with the Orleans Parish School Board to provide active shooter training for students, teachers and staff in New Orleans schools.

Midnight Basketball

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Midnight Basketball

Since 2012, NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball Seasons 1 – 17 offered more than 15,000 participants access to jobs, workforce training, education and other resources. Midnight Basketball has partnered with the National Basketball Players Association Foundation to provide $50,000 in scholarships to…

NOPD New Recruits

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NOPD New Recruits

A concerted effort to attract new, qualified recruits to the NOPD has proven successful, with 17 new recruit classes and 554 total recruits joining up since May 2010. The 16th and 17th recruit classes are currently in the academy, with 39 and 33 recruits enrolled respectively. Including all…

The Wisner Donation

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The Wisner Donation

The Edward Wisner Donation offers public and nonprofit organizations an opportunity to submit a funding request through a competitive selection process. New Orleans has awarded more than 400 grants…

In partnership with City Council, Mayor Landrieu prioritized resolving many of the city’s long-term federal liabilities and historical unpaid judgements. This ensures that future administrations are not burdened with these outstanding liabilities, and represents the Landrieu Administration’s approach to long-term sound fiscal management. The City secured bond funding over a two-year period in the amount of $20 million to satisfy legal judgments and pay legal liabilities.

Budgeting For Outcomes

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Budgeting For Outcomes

The citizen-driven Budgeting For Outcomes process helped to identify and develop key city priorities, which resulted in balanced and structurally sound budgets.

Affordable Housing

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Affordable Housing

The city's Housing for a Resilient New Orleans strategy outlines a plan to build or preserve 7,500 affordable housing units by 2021.

It takes great determination and perseverance to get anything of importance done. We attempt great things because they are, by definition, difficult. Things that are significant do not come easy. Like the rebuilding of a great city.

To ensure thoughtful, deliberate progress in the future, the city worked to design and implement a new Master Plan with the force of law, creating a framework for the City in the years to come.

Gert Town Community Pool

In 2011, the original Gert Town Community Pool, or Natatorium, was demolished, after experiencing significant damage from Katrina, to prepare for the site for the new facility. The new pool, opening in 2018, is the fourth indoor pool in New Orleans and houses a six-lane, 25-yard indoor competition swimming pool and shares a community plaza with the neighboring Second District Police Station. The facility now has men’s, women’s and a family locker room area as well as a snack bar. 

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New Orleans has experienced more than seven consecutive years of job growth.
In 2017, Mayor Landrieu announced a new business model for economic development led by the NOLABA. The new model will sustain economic opportunity investments and create a new way to provide economic and workforce development in New Orleans.

Franklin Elementary School

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Franklin Elementary School

The three-story “Baby Ben” was the first regular public school to reopen after Katrina, three months after the storm hit. It did require a new roof and some updated systems amounting to roughly $1.9 million in repairs. 

Carrollton Corridor

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Carrollton Corridor

A strip of North Carrollton Avenue that was flood-damaged and lifeless has become a bustling shopping area. On one side of Carrollton stands the Mid-City Market, a group of chain stores anchored by…

Since September 2016, more than 95% of emergency calls were answered within 15 seconds or less, meaning our response teams officially met the National Fire Protection Association national standards for call answer times.

Keller Community Center

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Keller Community Center

The Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center became one of the first “green,” LEED-certified buildings to spring up after Katrina. Despite deep neighborhood devastation caused by floodwaters, Broadmoor neighbors were determined to rebuild the Rosa F. Keller Library. Architects created a sleek,…

St. Claude Avenue / Bywater Corridor

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St. Claude Avenue / Bywater Corridor

Though the St. Claude – North Rampart Street corridor still faces challenges, it has seen countless improvements and the arrival of new businesses since Hurricane Katrina, including grocery stores,…

Nora Navra Library

After serving the Seventh Ward since 1954, the Nora Navra Library along the St. Bernard Avenue corridor was damaged beyond repair during Katrina. In 2017, the city broke ground on the new 7,800-square foot library that will provide adult and children reading areas, computer workstations, meeting rooms, staff offices and break rooms. It will feature a hurricane-resistant exterior, high-efficiency HVAC systems, insulated roofs and walls, LED lighting, and Americans with Disabilities-Act accessibility. 

Avery Alexander Elementary School

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Avery Alexander Elementary School

The newly built, state-of-the art Avery Alexander campus is home to Pierre A. Capdau Charter School. The new campus, which opened in 2017, features art and music rooms, a gymnasium, science labs, a cafeteria and outdoor green space.

New Businesses

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New Businesses

More than 45 new national retailers have set up shop in the city, accounting for a substantial portion of the City’s 37% sales tax increase since 2010. Included in this influx are Costco, Tiffany,…

Canal Street Corridor

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Canal Street Corridor

The seven-block section of Canal Street between Rampart Street and Claiborne Street has seen major developments in recent years, including the re-opened Joy Theater and Saenger Theatres, the New…

New Orleans tallied nearly $17 million through its lien foreclosure process, fines, fees and liens.

Riverfront Redevelopment & Tricentennial Plaza

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Riverfront Redevelopment & Tricentennial Plaza

In October 2017, Mayor Landrieu announced plans to redevelop the riverfront, creating 3.2 miles of contiguous public access space from Spanish Plaza to Crescent Park. This includes the renovation of Spanish Plaza, the World Trade Center on Canal Street, the Canal Street Ferry Terminal, Woldenberg…

Real Time Crime Center

The Real Time Crime Center is a 24/7 command center for citywide cameras, license plate readers and associated technology that can be leveraged by public safety at the local, state and federal levels. The Center supports the work of incident commanders in the field, providing more information to quickly assess emergency situations and make important decisions about keeping New Orleans safe in real-time. 

It's a testament to the city's commitment to using technology in smart, thoughtful way to help strengthen public safety. Funded as a key component of Mayor Landrieu's 2017 Security Plan, the Center was largely made possible by the generosity of the partnership with the State of Louisiana and the Convention Center Board. 

Tulane Corridor

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Tulane Corridor

The Tulane Corridor is emblematic of the progress that's been hard won across all of New Orleans. Tulane Avenue was once part of the busy Route 61, which followed the Mississippi River, from New…

Rosenwald School

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Rosenwald School

Though still additional repairs are needed to the 1973 Rosenwald building on Berkley Drive in Lower Coast Algiers, part of the roof has been replaced and its HVAC system and lighting was updated in 2017.

More than 96,500 street lights have been repaired, and more than 80% of New Orleans' street lights have been converted to energy-efficient LED lights.

Edna Karr High School

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Edna Karr High School

The gymnasium and other key parts of the school building on Huntlee Drive have now been repaired for Karr, one of the city’s highest-achieving academic performers. A new building, on the site of the former Jo Ellen Smith Living Center in the Algiers’ Aurora neighborhood, will include an east and…

William J. Fischer Academy

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William J. Fischer Academy

Opened in 1967 to serve children in the nearby Fischer public-housing development, the two-story Fischer brick building on L.B. Landry Avenue has now been refurbished.

Climate Action Strategy

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Climate Action Strategy

The City's first-ever Climate Action Strategy was launched, ensuring thoughtful progress on climate-related issues. 

Equity New Orleans

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Equity New Orleans

In 2016, Equity New Orleans was launched to assess the role of equity in city government. In 2017, after examining national best practice data and gathering input from residents, city officials and national experts, the first-ever formal strategy to practice equity in city government was…

One of the things that also motivates the community is that we always felt that New Orleans still hadn’t reached its full potential. So to come back and renew and renovate and repair something you inherently thought was worth it, then you look to what it could be and not at what it is. As we celebrate our tricentennial let us not forget our challenges, but always remember that we are determined to keep our community sustainable and thriving for centuries to come.

Bike Share Program

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Bike Share Program

The City launched the planning and design of a Bike Share program to make public-use bicycles available in neighborhoods citywide.

Lot Maintenance

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Lot Maintenance

More than 11,019 blighted lots were mowed over through the innovative Lot Maintenance Program, providing jobs to neighborhood residents while keeping these open spaces maintained and safe. 

Low-Barrier Shelter

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Low-Barrier Shelter

The City has broken ground on a new low-barrier shelter at the former VA hospital.

Blight Reduction

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Blight Reduction

There has been a significant reduction in blighted properties since 2010, when an aggressive strategy was put in place to consolidate departments, streamline processes and encourage owners to bring their properties into compliance. More than 15,000 blighted units have been torn down or fixed up as a result.

Riverfront Development

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Riverfront Development

In a landmark swap between the City, the Port of New Orleans and the Public Belt, the Esplanade and Governor Nicholls wharfs once again became City property, allowing for future park development along the river.

NORD Investment

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NORD Investment

The programming of the NORD has served over 70,000 youths and 10,000 seniors since 2010.

Recreation Centers

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Recreation Centers

Several new public recreation centers have opened across the city, including the Sanchez Center in the Lower 9th Ward, the Stallings St. Claude Center in Bywater and the Rosenwald Center in the B.W. Cooper neighborhood. 

Fresh Food Access

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Fresh Food Access

The Fresh Food Retailer Initiative Healthy Corner Store Collaborative was announced in 2017; its goal is to expand fresh food options at small retail stores citywide.

Unemployment Rate

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Unemployment Rate

The African-American male underemployment rate in New Orleans has decreased from 52% to 44%.

NOFD Recruitment

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NOFD Recruitment

The NOFD was bolstered with the graduation of 159 new recruits.

Police Pay Raise

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Police Pay Raise

As part of the effort to bolster NOPD ranks, a 15% pay raise was given across the board. This helped to retain existing officers as well as to draw in new recruits; an additional pay raise of 5% was also given to NOPD homicide detectives.

Bikeways and Walkways

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Bikeways and Walkways

Since Katrina, the bikeways and pedestrian walkways in New Orleans have stretched from a mere five miles to more than 100 miles, connecting multiple neighborhoods.

NOPD 3rd District Station

With a newly renovated space, the NOPD is able to tap into the technological innovations that have the potential to advance and streamline their work. The revamped NOPD station and academy is a testament to the strong investments in the department's infrastructure that improves the unit, serving as an investment in not only the citizens of the community but those who serve and protect them.

The City's owner-occupied rehab program helped 755 homeowners afford critical repairs to their homes.

Affordable Housing

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Affordable Housing

Over 4,636 affordable housing units have been built or are under construction.

Feeding the Youth

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Feeding the Youth

In 2010, the city partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteers of America, Healthy School Food Collaborative, Orleans Parish School Board, Sodexo, Revolution Foods and Chartwells to ensure that…

NORD Advancement

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NORD Advancement

The NORD is nationally accredited for the first time in the city's history.

Through increased awareness and efficiencies, DBE participation in bids increased from 16% in 2010 to 48.20% in 2016, and DBE certification processing time from fell dramatically from 730 days to only 15 days.

DBE Contracting

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DBE Contracting

The City awarded $212 million in contracts to DBE firms as prime or subcontractors, representing 35.81% of all City contracts awarded.

Public Pools

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Public Pools

The number of public pools within the NORD system has doubled from eight to 16 since 2010.

Contact your city councilmen, your state representative, your neighborhood association president and say, “How can I help?” That's what we need. Start with your own little area—if you see trash out on the median, go pick that up and let's show pride in our city because it's ours.

Lee Circle

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Lee Circle

In 2017, the City removed four confederate statues which celebrated the Cult of the Lost Cause from places of prominence in the city, which included monuments dedicated to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, P.G.T Beauregard, Jefferson Davis, and the Battle of Liberty Place.

Tech Boom

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Tech Boom

More than 13 digital software companies have opened in or relocated to New Orleans, resulting in over 2,700 new jobs since 2010. This includes IT services company DXC Technology, making it the…

Harrison Avenue Corridor

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Harrison Avenue Corridor

Though floodwaters reached the roofs here in 2005, the mile-long commercial section of Harrison Avenue—Lakeview’s main street—is once again lined with restaurants, banks, boutiques and a grocery. The…

The population of Orleans Parish Prison has been drastically reduced from more than 6,000 before Hurricane Katrina to 1,500 today.

NOLA FOR LIFE

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NOLA FOR LIFE

As of April 2018, NOLA FOR LIFE had been active for 68 months. During that time, the murder rate was 30% lower and there were 142 fewer murders than in 68 months prior to launch. Nearly a year’s worth of murders were prevented.

Public Safety Improvement

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Public Safety Improvement

With the implementation of a $40 million citywide Public Safety Improvement Plan and the first-ever Real-Time Crime Center, the City's leadership is more capable that ever of deterring, detecting and prosecuting crime.

The NOPD redeployed more than 100 officers to the street to respond to citizen calls for service, which brought down response times by more than 40%.

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Sophie B. Wright School

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Sophie B. Wright School

Wright, built in 1912, had some repairs done after Katrina. But starting in 2014, the school building underwent a more recent and extensive renovation that took two years and $26.9 million to complete. The building now boasts a gorgeous auditorium with wooden seats, refinished floors made of the…

Sherwood Forest Elementary School

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Sherwood Forest Elementary School

Sherwood Forest Elementary School is a newly built three-story school on Maid Marion Drive. The new facility includes sunny classrooms that allow natural daylight into the space, as well as shared spaces connected by the gymnasium, common areas, the media center and music room.

Five high-profile wrongful death civil rights federal lawsuits were settled under the leadership of Mayor Landrieu, following the recognition of the urgent and growing threat of violent crime in New Orleans.

McMain High School

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McMain High School

Built in 1930 in an art deco style, McMain is a protected historic site, so any renovations must be approved by preservation officials. In 2013, McMain school officials broke ground for a brand-new, $12.9 million gym that will be the athletic home to the McMain Mustangs. 

Oak Street Corridor

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Oak Street Corridor

Oak Street’s booming commercial corridor, spanning the area between Carrollton Avenue and River Road, is home to an ever-growing numbers of offices, restaurants, shops, bars and hangouts. There are…

More than 6,000 students across 11 partner schools have been impacted through school climate interventions.

Nix Library

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Nix Library

The circa-1930 Nix Library, located on South Carrollton two blocks from Oak Street, reopened in 2017 after five months and $320,000 of renovations that included repairs to plaster walls, replaced floors, new lights, a new water foundation, and plumbing, electrical, and technological upgrades.

Hunter's Field Playground

Like countless other public spaces, Hunter’s Field in the Seventh Ward was damaged by Hurricane Katrina; the playground reopened under the I-10 overpass on N. Claiborne Avenue. In November of 2017, improvements began on the existing building at the playground and amphitheater, and construction of a new clubhouse began, marking another step toward building up the St. Bernard and Claiborne Avenue corridors. 

FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps have been adopted for New Orleans, making flood insurance more affordable for the city's residents.

Latter Library

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Latter Library

Dedicated in 1948, the elegant Latter Library on St. Charles Avenue required recent renovations in mid-2013. Its roof was replaced, its hardwood floors refinished, and crews laid new carpet in the…

Desire Housing Development

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Desire Housing Development

Starting in 1949, the Desire public-housing project expanded quickly and eventually encompassed 262 two-story buildings with 1,860 apartments, making it one of the nation’s largest public-housing sites. In 1995, Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) received a HOPE VI grant to revitalize Desire,…

George Washington Carver School

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George Washington Carver School

The former Carver high school building, which served the Desire Area neighborhood for 53 years, was destroyed by floodwaters after Katrina. Carver’s spacious new building on Higgins Boulevard features prominent images of the ram (the school’s mascot) and is painted with the school's orange and green colors.

Florida Housing Development

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Florida Housing Development

Originally built as a traditional brick public-housing complex in 1946, the Florida had more than 700 apartments and served as a community anchor in the Upper Ninth Ward until it was demolished in 2001 as part of a planned redevelopment. But the new units were souped by floodwater in 2005, and the…

The city's unemployment rate dropped from 8.7% in 2010 to 4.9% as of April 2018.

Lawless High School

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Lawless High School

Principal Doris Roche Hicks launched King High School from portable trailers located on a part of the school’s backyard. But in 2016, the high school opened a new, a state-of-the-art building on the former Alfred Lawless High School campus on Law Street in the Lower 9th Ward. The three-story…

The Capital Improvement Program will encompass more than $2.4 billion worth of Department of Public Works/Sewage & Water Board work over the next six years throughout New Orleans.

St. Bernard Center & Pool

After Hurricane Katrina, the St. Bernard Recreation Center was repaired and re-opened before many other flood-damaged facilities. At the time, its classrooms, swimming pool, gymnasium and playground bustled with children across the city. In 2016, the center, located near Interstate 610 and Paris Avenue, underwent further renovations.  

New Orleans Coroner's Complex and EMS Headquarters

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New Orleans Coroner's Complex and EMS Headquarters

In 2016, the City of New Orleans opened a brand new, $14.8-million, two-story office on Earhart Boulevard that serves as the headquarters for the coroner and Emergency Medical Services. Before then, EMS was still operating out of post-Katrina trailers, and the coroner's office was run from a rented…

Habans Elementary School

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Habans Elementary School

The state-of-the-art Habans building, which opened in 2016, includes a media center, gym, performance stage, science and computer labs, and arts and music facilities. In the new design, the classrooms are clustered together to ensure a quiet environment while an outdoor classroom, nestled in a…

Rebuilding Gentilly

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Rebuilding Gentilly

The City was awarded a $141 million grant through the National Disaster Resilience Competition to rebuild and revitalize the Gentilly neighborhood.

Increased Access to Government

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Increased Access to Government

The City increased the utilization of language access services in its 311 program by 21% in 2015. The City also implemented the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) interpreter program, which offers a 5% pay differential to certified bilingual officers. Updates were also made to the NOPD’s…

St. James Tennis Court

The single public tennis court located at St. James Playground on Mithra Street is often a practice ground for neighborhood children just learning to use a tennis racket. The court was resurfaced, and its net was repaired.

Drainage Renewal

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Drainage Renewal

With the passage of $15 million in drainage renewal, the City provided flood protection for New Orleans homes and businesses and reduced flood insurance premiums for 97% of the city.

Resilient New Orleans

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Resilient New Orleans

A new resilience strategy, Resilient New Orleans, was awarded the 2016 National Planning Excellence Award for a Best Practice by the American Planning Association.

Business Attraction

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Business Attraction

New Orleans placed second in a national ranking of the Most Cost-Friendly Mid-size Markets for Business by audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG.

Gun Safety

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Gun Safety

The City government successfully passed a package of gun safety ordinances aimed at protecting children and getting stolen guns out of the hands of criminals.

Lake Forest Elementary School

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Lake Forest Elementary School

Lake Forest Elementary was a bright spot in the post-Katrina landscape; it was the first school to reopen in New Orleans East, and its charter status attracted bright students from surrounding…

The City was awarded $1.5 million from the MacArthur Foundation to reduce its jail population to 1,277 people.

As individuals, we have a lot of power. But as a group, our power is just limitless.

Equity Circle

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Equity Circle

In November 2016, the city unveiled a circular grouping of benches and trees in the neutral ground on Jefferson Davis Parkway. Called Equity Circle, the sitting area was the brainchild of the Carrollton Circle of Welcome Table New Orleans, one of eight neighborhood-based circles within Mayor Mitch…

The City consolidated New Orleans Building Corporation and Canal Street Development Corporation to streamline its government.

Youth Violence Prevention Summit

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Youth Violence Prevention Summit

New Orleans has been host to four Youth Violence Prevention Summits, setting a sound precedent for its youth community. 

People's View of Police

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People's View of Police

How the citizens of a city view their police department is a reflection of the work done by the department and its members to build trust, connection and a level of comfort between officers and civilians. Citizen satisfaction with the NOPD jumped from 33% in 2009 to 64% in 2016, proving successful…

The creation of the Open Data Policy allowed the City to institute defined standards for collecting, maintaining and cataloging data that is free and open to the public.
The City successfully passed $8.9 million fire millage.
The City completed the $208 million Submerged Roads and Paths to Progress programs in partnership with the state Department of Transportation and Development and the Federal Highway Administration.

Fit NOLA

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Fit NOLA

The Health Department's Fit NOLA initiative ranked first in the United States Conference of Mayors 2016 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards, receiving $150,000 to work with local public schools to…

BuildNOLA Mobilization Fund

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BuildNOLA Mobilization Fund

The BuildNOLA Mobilization Fund Pilot Program was created as a $1.5 million loan pool for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms participating on municipal projects. It led to the creation of 69 new…

To enable greater efficiency and faster response times, all 911 personnel from the NOFD, NOPD and EMS departments were consolidated into a single center within the Orleans Parish Communications District.

Juvenile Justice Center

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Juvenile Justice Center

To better align with national best practices, the City opened the new $47 million Juvenile Justice Center, which unites all elements of our juvenile justice system into one campus.

VA Hospital

With a focus on offering quality healthcare to veterans and helping to bring an end to veteran homelessness, the VA Hospital is an essential part in the New Orleans community network. The $995-million new Mid-City facility includes 220 inpatient beds in addition to an ambulatory outpatient clinic, research laboratories, and other resources. It’s not all new construction: the complex includes an adaptive re-use of the historic Dixie Brewery and the former Pan American Life building.

Youth-Police Dialogue Summit

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Youth-Police Dialogue Summit

The Youth-Police Dialogue Summit connected 63 young individuals with ten NOPD officers to build relationships and begin a dialogue about cooperation and violence prevention.

Under the Landrieu Administration, body-worn cameras by the NOPD extended to all active patrol officers.

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Rosenwald Center

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Rosenwald Center

The Rosenwald Center is an $8.5 million recreational facility in the B.W. Cooper neighborhood. The 15,580-square-foot building replaces the original center that was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina and demolished eight years later, serving as a symbol of the city's return. 

O.C. Haley Corridor

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O.C. Haley Corridor

The O.C. Haley corridor has been host to New Orleanian entrepreneurs and professionals since the early twentieth century. Now also home to residences and several nonprofit businesses, O.C. Haley was…

The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk

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The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk

The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk represents the largest retail investment in the history of the New Orleans. In a best-case example of public-private partnerships, the city worked closely with Howard Hughes Corporation to bring this thriving retail development to life.

Audubon School

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Audubon School

In 2012, Hurricane Isaac caused significant roof and structural damage to Audubon’s Carrollton building. Its school on Broadway underwent a major renovation to the tune of about $16 million before it re-opened in 2015. 

Dunbar School

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Dunbar School

The badly damaged Paul Dunbar school in Hollygrove was demolished after Katrina. It was replaced by a three-story, $26.7 million building that includes two classrooms for each grade level along with multiple science labs, a gymnasium, media center, and art, music, and performing arts classrooms. 

If you can find what it is that you like to do, then you can find a way to make a living at that, and you can often find a way to make that passion something that benefits others. I think we all have a gift that is unique to us and that is to be shared with others. And if we can tap into what that gift is, anything is possible.

Carrollton-Hollygrove Senior Center

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Carrollton-Hollygrove Senior Center

The Carrollton-Hollygrove Senior Center is housed in a new two-story, 11,600-square-foot building on Hamilton Street, which takes the place of a storm-damaged building that was demolished in 2012.…

Peace Playground

Peace Playground, located at Chantilly Avenue and Dreux Avenues in eastern New Orleans, is a fenced green space that’s been resurfaced with new play equipment added for the kids.

The minimum wage for city employees increased to $10.10/hour, and for contractors it increased to $10.55/hour.

Livingston High School

Though Livingston was a middle school before Katrina, it is now a high school that’s part of the Collegiate Academies network. In addition to classrooms and labs, the school includes a first-floor cafeteria and a second-floor gymnasium with a stage.

McDonogh 42 School

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McDonogh 42 School

McDonogh 42 Elementary School, located on North Tonti Street in the 7th Ward, sustained an estimated six feet of flooding in 2005. Its three separate structures make up an entire city block. It now…

Stallings St. Claude Center

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Stallings St. Claude Center

The original Stallings St. Claude Center was built in 1948 and served the Bywater, St. Claude, and Seventh Ward neighborhoods until it was shuttered following Katrina. In 2015, the new 17,000-square-foot Center and Pool opened, with a new facility replacing the previous 13,000-square-foot community…

McDonogh 35 High School

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McDonogh 35 High School

The history and legacy of "35" began back in 1917, when the school opened its doors to educate African American students at its original location on South Rampart Street. The address has changed, but the academic prominence continues in a new, ultramodern facility in the Pilotland…

Municipal Yacht Harbor House

While most of the boathouses at the municipal harbor are in private hands, Boathouse #31 is owned by the city, as is Boathouse #93, which houses the fireboat. After the storm-damaged remains of Boathouse #93 were demolished, a rebuild was completed in 2017, making way for New Orleans Fire Department to move their boat into the boathouse.

St. Roch Market

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St. Roch Market

The St. Roch Market, located at the intersection of St. Roch and St. Claude Avenues, had been a city market since it was built in 1875 and a go-to destination for fresh seafood and prepared food until Hurricane Katrina, when it was shuttered and fell into disrepair. Despite this neglect, in a…

Crescent Park

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Crescent Park

Crescent Park is a conduit for the people of New Orleans and the Mississippi River. Designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and spanning from the Bywater to the edge of the French Quarter, the park offers uninterrupted access to the waterfront. On the river side of the newly developed park corridor, the…

Sanchez Community Center & Pool

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Sanchez Community Center & Pool

Located at the same crucial Caffin-Claiborne corner that is home to King school and the fire station, the Sanchez Center is a state-of-the-art recreation center in the heart of the 9th Ward. It provides a place for neighbors to meet, gather, and be active, with a full calendar of community…

NOPD Stables

An important part of the New Orleans Police Department is its mounted division, which is the the third largest of its kind in all police departments in the United States. The new City Park stable complex includes 11,000 square-feet of renovated stables, a new 27-stall building, multiple horse washes, farrier workspaces, lockers and training rooms.

Parasite Skate Park

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Parasite Skate Park

In conjunction with the Tulane City Center, the city opened New Orleans’ first public skate park: Parasite. The 18,000 square-foot park space turned what was formerly a dead zone underneath the 610 overpass into a thriving activity zone for young and old skaters alike. It includes cast-in-place…

Wesley Barrow Stadium

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Wesley Barrow Stadium

Wesley Barrow was a pivotal figure for many New Orleans youths, and the stadium that bears his name in Pontchartrain Park opened in 1957 to offer athletes of color a chance to practice, play and dream. A major reinvestment and redesign of the stadium has made it a world-class baseball and softball…

Lafitte Greenway

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Lafitte Greenway

The 3.1 mile-long Lafitte Greenway connects Armstrong Park and City Park with a paved trail, multi-use green space, play equipment and lush landscaping.

Every resident, every person in this city, has a voice.

Nelson School

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Nelson School

The Nelson School was refurbished in 2014, with construction crews making repairs to the building’s roof, masonry, windows, doors, and mechanical and electrical systems. 

Gentilly Terrace Elementary School

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Gentilly Terrace Elementary School

Like Harriet Tubman School across the river, Gentilly Terrace School was designed by noted New Orleans architect Edgar Christy and is one of the few remaining Craftsman-style schools. The school, on…

Bienville Basin Apartments

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Bienville Basin Apartments

The mixed-income Bienville Basin, formerly home to the Iberville public-housing development, includes 26 different buildings containing nearly 500 apartments. Many of the complex’s original circa-1940 brick buildings were used in the design, which required specially fabricated, clay-roof tiles to…

Orpheum Theater

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Orpheum Theater

In 2015, the century-old Orpheum Theater reopened after a $15-million renovation. Built in 1918, the Orpheum is a stunning example of the Beaux Arts architectural style of its time, and serves not only as an entertainment venue but as a cultural touchstone and hub within downtown New Orleans. 

Uber and Lyft

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Uber and Lyft

Transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft were introduced in New Orleans, offering more reliable transportation options for both residents and visitors.

Civic Leadership Academy

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Civic Leadership Academy

The Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) is a free program that gives residents the opportunity to educate themselves about city government so they can help improve their communities. It provides an…

Private Investment

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Private Investment

More than $76 million in federal grants and private philanthropic resources has been raised to support City initiatives, including a $30.5 million Choice Neighborhoods grant in 2015, and a $4.2 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2011.

Claiborne Corridor

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Claiborne Corridor

The I-10 freeway has been hovering over North Claiborne Avenue since 1966. What was once a bustling live-oak-lined avenue became a concrete jungle, and citizens have been lobbying for the removal of…

Infrastructure Investment

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Infrastructure Investment

After engaging FEMA in over 900 meetings, the city negotiated a $2 billion lump sum settlement with FEMA to repair Hurricane Katrina-related damage to New Orleans’ roads and subsurface infrastructure.

A new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance will govern land use across the city, preserving neighborhood character while encouraging affordable housing development.

University Medical Center and VA Hospital

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University Medical Center and VA Hospital

A brand-new $1.1 billion University Medical Center and an $800 million VA hospital have opened to the public.

World Trade Center Redevelopment

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World Trade Center Redevelopment

Plans have been finalized that outline a nearly $400 million Four Seasons redevelopment at the World Trade Center at 2 Canal St., which will create 1,600 construction jobs and 450 permanent jobs with…

Pay was implemented for those members of the NOFD who are temporarily working in higher ranks through the Civil Service Commission and City Council approval.

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New Orleans East Hospital

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New Orleans East Hospital

The reopening of the New Orleans East Hospital was as fundamental to the neighborhood's future as it was respectful of its past. The new facility reflected a major investment of resources on behalf of the city, and showcased the kind of innovative thinking and planning that, if sustained, will…

Mid-City Market

Mid-City Market is one of the largest ground-up retail developments in New Orleans and represents one the of the most significant retail developments in the city following Hurricane Katrina. It now serves as the retail and restaurant center of the community, delivering new jobs, new tax revenue, and new energy to this vibrant corridor. The retail center is credited with creating over 500 new jobs for the area.

Faubourg Lafitte

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Faubourg Lafitte

New Orleans developer Providence Community Housing and its national partner, Enterprise Community Partners, led an inclusive, thoughtful redevelopment of this hurricane-ravaged housing community. Their plan more than doubled the number of available units, keeping them affordable and ensuring they…

NOFD Engine 26

In 2014, repairs to New Orleans Fire Department Engine 26 on S. Jefferson Davis Parkway were completed, including to the engine bay equipment and living quarters, interior and exterior architectural repairs, fire alarm system and minor mechanical and electrical repairs. 

Magnolia Marketplace

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Magnolia Marketplace

When the C.J. Peete, formerly the Magnolia public-housing development, was redone, six acres of the site that abut South Claiborne were set aside for commercial use—this was a critical development,…

I'm not done yet. I'm not ready to be done yet, because I know there's still a lot more work. I'm ready to continue keeping my boots on the ground.

NOFD Engine 10

The $466,000 renovation of the Morrison Avenue Fire Station No. 10, includes an improved equipment bay and living quarters for firemen. The doors also needed painting, the roof needed serious repairs and other systems needed to be updated—all of which have been attended to with this much-needed update.

Akili Academy

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Akili Academy

In 2013, the renovated William Frantz School, constructed in 1937, opened as Akili Academy. Frantz is best known for its role in history, when six-year-old Ruby Bridges integrated the school in November of 1960.

NOPD Sixth District

Extensive updates and repairs to the NOPD Sixth District Police Station in Central City were completed in 2014.

Maple Street Corridor

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Maple Street Corridor

Maple Street has long been a favorite for college students from Loyola and Tulane. But its range of coffeeshops and restaurants also attracts a broader range of people, from those interested in…

Bauduit Elementary

Constructed in 1912 and designed by noted architect Edgar Christy, the Bauduit school on Laurel Street is considered historic. Repairing the building cost nearly $3 million, which allowed for the existing structure to be refurbished, including doors, windows, masonry walls and roof.

Harmony Oaks

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Harmony Oaks

Harmony Oaks is the rebuilt, mixed-income community that replaced the C.J. Peete public-housing development, which stood in its place until Hurricane Katrina. In 1941, its original brick buildings were constructed and the complex was dubbed the Magnolia, the first public-housing development in New Orleans.

Ray Abrams School

The three-story, newly built Abrams school on Virgilian Street can accommodate up to 1,000 pre-k through eighth-grade students. The building includes science classrooms and labs, a media center, cafeteria, gymnasium with locker rooms, and art and music rooms with flexible performance spaces. 

Lafitte Senior Housing

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Lafitte Senior Housing

In 2017, the $22 million Lafitte Senior Housing building opened with 100 apartments for those age 62 and over. It stands on the corner of Orleans Avenue and North Galvez Street, only a few blocks from the Lafitte Greenway, where some seniors take walks in the morning air.

NOFD Engine 31

This $3.4 million, two-bay, two-story brick fire station reopened in 2015 to protect Venetian Isles and Lake Catherine. These outer neighborhoods of New Orleans are surrounded by water, and are more vulnerable to storm-related damage as a result. The new building replaces the station that flooded in 2005, and is built to exist with the water and weather, rather than fight against it—the living quarters are located above flood-elevation levels on the second floor.

Milne Boys Home Complex

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Milne Boys Home Complex

The Franklin Avenue campus known as the Milne Boys Home site served as refuge for orphans and troubled children from 1933 to 1986. It fell into disuse and disrepair, becoming a blank canvas for the New Orleans Recreation Department and the NOLA for Life program. NORD turned the property into a…

Wheatley Elementary School

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Wheatley Elementary School

In addition to classrooms, the $27.5 million new Wheatley school in the Treme-Lafitte neighborhood includes a music/performance space that can also be configured as a black-box theater and has an accompanying sound system and stage lighting. On the second floor, a large gymnasium with retractable…

Eisenhower Elementary School

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Eisenhower Elementary School

The Dwight D. Eisenhower building on Tall Pines Drive has been refurbished to meet Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility requirements. It includes classrooms, science and computer labs, and art and music facilities.

New Orleans Juvenile Justice Center

Today's Juvenile Justice Center seems a world away from the crowded and shabby facility it was before Hurricane Katrina. The brand-new campus near Bayou St. John in Gentilly includes both the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court and the city's detention center, which can hold forty young people until trial. Teens attend attend the facility's Travis Hill School and get regular outdoor recreation time.

Harte School

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Harte School

The new, three-story Harte building, which opened in 2014, includes a black-box theater and a large cafeteria in addition to roomy classrooms and labs. And for the first time, Harte students have a gymnasium.

NOFD Engine 39

The $4.3-million joint fire station combines Engines 22 and 39, two stations both destroyed in floodwaters here in 2005. The fire station is located at a critical corner, where Caffin and North Claiborne Avenues intersect. individual firefighter dorm rooms, fitness center, and communal spaces. The building—complete with individual firefighter dorm rooms, a fitness center and communal spaces—was designed to withstand hurricane conditions and is equipped with a generator and a fuel tank that can provide power for three days. 

Martin Behrman Elementary School

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Martin Behrman Elementary School

After undergoing serious renovations, including a new terracotta tile roof to restore the historic 1931 building, this historic school on Opelousas Avenue has become a top academic performer. 

Welcome Table New Orleans

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Welcome Table New Orleans

Welcome Table New Orleans (WTNO) is a citywide initiative that focuses on race, reconciliation and community building. The Algiers and Mid-City circles unveiled murals celebrating racial…

The City launched and completed the $52.3 million first-time homebuyer soft second mortgage program, helping nearly 900 families buy their first homes.

Just doing the right thing is not enough. You have to do the right thing, consistently, everyday, and fight for others. It’s through diversity, and it’s through teamwork, that we can best accomplish our goals.

Gernon Brown Recreation Center

Originally constructed in 1967, the Gernon Brown building was badly damaged by Katrina but re-opened in 2014 after $2 million in renovations. Within the center are activity and aerobic areas, an indoor basketball court and a theater space.

The Economic Opportunity Strategy was created to connect disadvantaged job seekers and businesses to new opportunities, partnering with seven anchor institutions and local workforce development partners.

Ban The Box

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Ban The Box

New Orleans “Banned the Box” for City positions, allowing more residents to connect with jobs in 2014.

Parks & Parkways Campus

In 2014, the City Department of Parks and Parkways Campus underwent $2.7 million worth of renovations. This included renovating the administration, annex, and tree division buildings; replacing the head house and main greenhouse; reparation and restoration of the remaining two greenhouses, carpenter shed and the EMD building. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. School

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Martin Luther King, Jr. School

Though it was badly flooded, the leaders of this pre-K through eighth grade charter school fought to gut and repair the building in the months following Hurricane Katrina, rather than having it demolished. That work was doubly important to neighbors, since the building includes a public library…

Joy Theatre

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Joy Theatre

The Joy Theatre led the post-Katrina theater district resurgence as the first downtown theater to reopen after the storm. Now serves a plethora of audiences—and even the occasional church congregation—thanks to a state-of-the-art stage rebuilt for live music, comedy and theatrical performances.

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Pontchartrain Park

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Pontchartrain Park

The Pontchartrain Park subdivision has long been a hub for New Orleans' African American community. In the past decade, the subdivision has seen the reopening of schools and churches and the revitalization of parks and playgrounds. In January 2014, the university broke ground on the Small Business…

Lyons Recreation Center

Though the swimming pool at Lyons Center opened in 2007, the well-used NORDC facility on Louisiana Avenue remained shuttered until the 2013 completion of a $4.9 million renovation. When the building reopened its doors, it had a new roof, floors, bleachers, updated plumbing and HVAC systems, and a new computer room and dance-education space.

McDonogh 7 School

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McDonogh 7 School

The Recovery School District spent more than $2.5 million to refurbish McDonogh 7 School on Milan Street to use as a “swing space” for schools that were moving because of repairs being made to their buildings. 

Guste Homes

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Guste Homes

The resident managers of Guste Homes in Central City initiated the construction of two-story, painted wood-frame buildings to replace the brick buildings that were first built in 1964 as the Melpomene public-housing complex. The Guste community currently includes 505 apartments, most of them…

KIPP Central City Primary

Built as William J. Guste Elementary, the school was given to KIPP after a $12 million renovation that was completed in 2008, launching KIPP Central City Primary.

ReNEW Dolores T. Aaron Academy

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ReNEW Dolores T. Aaron Academy

The school that was called Reed Elementary moved out of its portable-classroom trailers in May 2013 and into a $27 million, three-story building where Little Woods Elementary stood before the storm. The new school was renamed ReNEW Dolores T. Aaron Academy for the first female director of the New…

Crossman School

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Crossman School

In 2015, crews working on the historic Crossman building, located on South Carrollton Avenue, updated mechanical-electrical systems, repaired and replaced floors, walls and roof, added new plumbing, and upgraded kitchen equipment. 

Tremé Community Center

The Treme Community Center has been a hub of the neighborhood ever since it was built, after nearby Armstrong Park gutted part of the neighborhood. Its walls are usually hung with artwork painted by children and its gymnasium, hallways, indoor pool, music room, and fitness center stay busy. Though the Treme itself has changed, people who grew up nearby return to the newly renovated center to gather and exercise and put their children in Tambourine and Fan summer camp.

Cita Hubbell Library

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Cita Hubbell Library

The historic, century-old Algiers Point touchstone closed in 2008 because of a termite-damaged roof that caused moisture buildup. It re-opened in 2013 after a full structural renovation; outside, bike racks reflect the library’s proximity to new riverfront paths.

Education is the foundation on which we can base any of our great efforts. Education makes it easy to be economically sustainable. Education makes it possible to be publicly safe. Education is the substrata for health. So, to educate our people is to make it possible to be a great city.

L.B. Landry - O.P. Walker High School

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L.B. Landry - O.P. Walker High School

Following Hurricane Katrina, two historic institutions were forced to merge into a single student body, within a completely rebuilt school in Algiers. Like most of the journey to recovery, this presented its own set of challenges. But it was the students—and the football teams in particular—that…

Juvenile Justice Reform

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Juvenile Justice Reform

The City officially completed the Youth Study Center Consent Decree process.

In 2013, the City launched the One Stop Shop permitting system, resulting in a median wait time of 9 minutes for any license or permit.
By developing and implementing a new redeployment plan, the NOFD increased efficiency and improved performance, saving $3.9 million in operational costs annually.

Saenger Theater

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Saenger Theater

The Saenger Theater sustained severe damage from Hurricane Katrina floodwaters and sat vacant for years. In early 2012, a $52 million restoration of the theater began, which included funding from federal grants, state and federal tax credits and private financing.   The restoration was a joint…

Lusher School / Fortier Building

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Lusher School / Fortier Building

The historic, beloved Alcee Fortier closed its doors after Katrina—but it was given a second chance as the grounds for Lusher Charter School. After an extensive rehabilitation effort, the Fortier…

Rosa Keller Library

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Rosa Keller Library

The Rosa Keller Library has always been a pillar of the Broadmoor community. After Katrina devastated the neighborhood, residents used the library as a locus for their recovery efforts. The rebuilding took time and effort, but the new library spaces are LEED-certified and built to manage rainwater…

Joe W. Brown Park & Pool

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Joe W. Brown Park & Pool

The natural splendor and sports fields of New Orleans East's Joe W. Brown Park were ravaged by floodwaters in 2005. After several beautification projects and renovations, the park is once again a community hub. There are courts and fields for baseball, football, track and tennis, and a brand-new…

Neighborhood Summit

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Neighborhood Summit

New Orleans is a city of Neighborhoods. The annual Neighborhood Summit celebrates the strength, history, and diversity of our city's neighborhoods, bringing together community leaders, non-profit agencies, and city government. First held in 2012, the annual summit continues to grow each year.

Louis Armstrong Park

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Louis Armstrong Park

After a sweeping renovation, Armstrong Park is a cultural and community hub once more. This 31-acre green space on North Rampart Street houses the renovated Mahalia Jackson Theater and historic Congo Square. Armstrong Park's scenic pedestrian bridges, paths, lagoons and fountains have been repaired…

River Garden Apartments

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River Garden Apartments

Built onto the site of the former St. Thomas public housing project, the River Garden Apartments include more than 600 mixed-income apartments designed as duplexes, fourplexes and townhouses set around a park. They were built alongside apartments for seniors and the Wal-Mart Superstore on the edge…

Urban Youth Academy

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Urban Youth Academy

After a full renovation, the $5.3 million MLB Urban Youth Academy in Pontchartrain Park, was reopened to the public.

Robert E. Smith Library

The original Robert E. Smith Library opened in 1956 and the first floor of the building, in Lakeview, was ruined by Hurricane Katrina. After being demolished in 2009, the new library at the intersection of Canal Boulevard and Harrison Avenue was built on the same site and opened in the spring of 2012.  

Norwood Thompson Playground

The playground on Forshey Street in Gert Town honors late civil rights veteran Norwood Thompson, a longtime leader of the New Orleans branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The park’s lighting, fence, restrooms and concession stand have been repaired. In 2010, the group Rebuilding Together also planted 50 trees, laid sod in the park, and built picnic tables and benches for the greenspace. 

Osborne Elementary School

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Osborne Elementary School

The $24 million newly built Osborne Elementary School on Curran Boulevard replaces the original Osborne building, constructed there in 1967. The school, run by Arise Schools, has a music complex, gym, library, three computer labs and an art room with a kiln.

New Orleans East Library

The former New Orleans East Library building was demolished in 2009. But a new two-story building opened in 2012 at the same location, at the edge of Audubon Louisiana Nature Center on Read Boulevard. The second floor is for teens and adults, while the first floor has a large children’s book area, a technology lab and a community room. Hanging prominently in the library is a Bruce Brice painting, “A Visit to the Nature Center,” which was rescued from the original building.

Warren Easton High School

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Warren Easton High School

Warren Easton is one of the oldest and highest-performing public schools in New Orleans. Amid post-Katrina uncertainty about Easton’s fate, alumni formed the Warren Easton Charter Foundation, held “Bring Easton Back” rallies, and pushed to re-open the high school as a charter in September 2006.…

McDonogh 28 School

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McDonogh 28 School

McDonogh 28, the white cement-plaster building located at 2733 Esplanade Avenue, is a three-story, L-shaped school that was built in 1924. After Katrina, the Recovery School District’s construction program replaced the building's tile roof and repaired much of the its exterior. Crews also redid…

Sam Bonart Playground & Pool

In December of 2012, the city partnered with the former New Orleans Hornets and the Salvation Army to re-open Sam Bonart Playground in the Lower Ninth Ward after it was destroyed by Katrina. Restorations included renovation of the concession building, improvements to the pool building, repainting of the basketball shelter and courts, and replacement of the basketball posts, backstops and hoops.

Major reforms were passed for the taxi cab industry, with the goal of improving passenger experience and safety.

Oliver Bush Playground

Oliver Bush was re-opened in 2013 with a restored softball field and basketball pavilion, four asphalt-surfaced tennis courts, a new picnic area, and renovated ADA-compliant bathrooms. The site also has all new sidewalks, lighting, fencing, and redesigned landscaping.

Norman Mayer Library

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Norman Mayer Library

Often called simply “the Gentilly branch,” the newly constructed Norman Mayer Library on Gentilly Boulevard replaces a building demolished after Hurricane Katrina. The new building, which opened in 2012, has a dedicated space for children, a specially designated area for teens and is known for its…

Algiers Regional Library

The rebuilding of the Algiers Regional Library marked a major win for the neighborhood following Katrina. The structure had been ruined by water, mold and wind damage, as had all of the books within it. Its reopening was symbolic of progress for the people of Algiers.

311 Center

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311 Center

The 311 Service Center is a consolidated call center designed to make City government more user-friendly and responsive to non-emergency concerns. The launch of this service has empowered engaged…

Comiskey Park

After sitting in the floods of Katrina and undergoing considerable renovations, Comiskey Park and Playground re-opened in 2012 with renovated playing fields and newly installed play equipment, a concessions building and a basketball pavilion. 

Blight Reduction

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Blight Reduction

New Orleans' blight reduction strategy was recognized by Harvard Kennedy School of Government as “Bright Idea in Government.”

The way forward is to take the strength of what has drawn us here, and to build on that, and create a space for all of us to be here, and for all of us to thrive here.

NOLA FOR LIFE

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NOLA FOR LIFE

The NOLA FOR LIFE program provides a comprehensive strategy to reduce the murder rate within New Orleans. Initiatives such as the Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS), the Multi-Agency Gang Unit…

The City's curbside recycling program was reinstated and implemented citywide.

Green Elementary School

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Green Elementary School

Green was formed as a charter in 2005 in an effort to turn around an underperforming elementary school. It had been in operation for only a few weeks when its building was severely damaged by Katrina. It re-opened in January 2006, and is now renowned as the home of the Edible Schoolyard. 

Andrew Jackson Elementary School

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Andrew Jackson Elementary School

The Andrew Jackson building on Camp Street was handed over to the International School of Louisiana in 2007 and given $3 million in renovations, including roof and rain-gutter repairs, repainting, and work on the building’s facade. 

Harrell Park & Pool

Harrell Stadium reopened following the Super Bowl New Orleans hosted in 2013. Turf on which Super Bowl XLVII was played was donated to the stadium following the game. Partners like the Benson family, the NFL and Chevron joined the city to reopen the stadium, which is located in the Carrollton neighborhood at the corner of Leonidas Street and S. Claiborne Avenue. 

Hynes School

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Hynes School

The Edward Hynes School was hit with five feet of water from Katrina flooding in 2005; a larger school was rebuilt on Harrison Avenue in the heart of Lakeview. After spending several years in temporary spaces, Hynes pre-K through eighth grade students moved back to Lakeview in late 2011, into a…

Heritage Senior Center

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Heritage Senior Center

In 2014, the Heritage Residences on Caton Street opened, offering one- and two-bedroom apartments for people ages 62 or older. Part of the larger Gentilly community known as Columbia Parc at the Bayou District, Heritage includes a fully equipped fitness center, 30-seat movie theater, community-room…

A.L. Davis Pool

The A.L. Davis Park rec building has a new HVAC system and a repaired pool, and a re-done basketball pavilion is forthcoming, done in conjunction with the New Orleans Pelicans. In 2017, a plaque was erected in the park to honor Ernest Wright, a civil-rights pioneer who used to bring his bullhorn to the park every Sunday to give speeches about voting and other rights to crowds gathered there.

In 2011, the city released a 10-year plan to end homelessness in New Orleans.

Behrman Center & Park

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Behrman Center & Park

At the renovated 60-acre Behrman Park, which serves as a hub for the West Bank community, repairs include a new roof and gym for the park’s recreation center, a renovated pool, and a resurfaced track and football stadium.

NOLA Pay It Forward Fund

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NOLA Pay It Forward Fund

New Orleans was selected for the Obama Administration’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative, to support local priorities.

NOPD Seventh District

Geographic reasons - library is on the front of the Joe Brown park and NOPD on back of joe brown. Corridor is anchored by library, district, hospital.

Strong Cities, Strong Communities

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Strong Cities, Strong Communities

New Orleans was selected for the Obama Administration’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative, to support local priorities.

The popular Movies in the Park series was launched, providing free outdoor entertainment to New Orleans families.

Choice Neighborhoods Grant

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Choice Neighborhoods Grant

A $30.5 million Choice Neighborhoods grant was awarded to the city to rebuild the Iberville/Tremé neighborhood in 2011.

Mosquito Control Administration Building

During Katrina, the city’s Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Administration Building experienced severe flooding. In late 2011, the city opened a new, $4.9 million location in Lakeview. The 36,000-square feet, two-story building houses the Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board’s administrative offices, field operations, laboratory facilities (termite control, entomology and rodent control labs), shower and locker facilities, education and training related facilities, and on-site parking for both staff and visitors.


Park Revitalization

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Park Revitalization

Louis Armstrong Park and the Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Municipal Golf Course were reopened after extensive renovation projects were completed.

Fresh food Retailer Initiative

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Fresh food Retailer Initiative

In 2011, the City launched the $14 million Fresh Food Retailer Initiative to increase access to fresh foods in underserved areas, partnering with the iconic Circle Foods Store and Whole Foods at the Refresh Project.

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In its third upgrade since 2010, New Orleans' S&P credit rating was boosted to AA-, allowing the City to obtain lower interest rates and save taxpayers money.

Honest Government

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Honest Government

New Orleans' procurement and contracting process has been completely reformed. Now, contracts are awarded based on what you know, not who you know.

Wasteful City spending was eliminated by reducing the number of take-home cars by half, reigning in overtime and credit card spending, and cutting and renegotiating contracts of all sizes from sanitation to technology contracts.

The way forward is to take the strength of what has drawn us here, and to build on that, and create a space for all of us to be here, and for all of us to thrive here.

Harney Elementary

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Harney Elementary

The Edgar P. Harney Elementary school on Willow Street spent $1.1 million on a new roof, and repairs to doors, windows and structure. 

New Orleans Recreation Department

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New Orleans Recreation Department

The New Orleans Recreation Department Commission (NORD), a public-private partnership, was created to help prioritize and promote recreation in the city.

The City eliminated a $100 million deficit it inhereted in 2010. Budgets were also balanced through smart cuts, reorganization and investments that offer return value to the taxpayers.

Magazine Street Corridor

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Magazine Street Corridor

As New Orleans draws in national retailers, Magazine Street remains a local spot. Running from the Central Business District to Uptown near Audubon Park, Magazine Street is known for its homegrown…

Wilson Elementary

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Wilson Elementary

The original Wilson building in Broadmoor was designed by prominent New Orleans architect Edgar Christy in 1909. In 2007, a $29 million renovation began at Wilson, completely re-doing the existing building and adding 50,000 square feet to the school while using green construction materials and…

Craig Elementary School

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Craig Elementary School

Craig Elementary was built in the 1920s in Treme, which is considered the nation’s oldest African American neighborhood. But for two years after Katrina, the school as “Craig University” was shuttered, then slated for a complete renovation. In addition to restoring the interior, the school reopened…

Small Business Development

Small Business Development

New Orleans was selected as a site for the 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative. Founded by Goldman Sachs, the initiative provides capital and builds capacity for small business owners in partnership with Delgado Community College and the Urban League, which has served over 400 local businesses.

Lake Area High School

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Lake Area High School

One of the Recovery School District’s first high schools built after Katrina, the $36.5 million Lake Area High School in Gentilly is a three-story building with parking on the ground floor. The school, which uses natural light in most spaces, is separated into two zones connected by a common area…

NOLA Business Alliance

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NOLA Business Alliance

The public-private partnership New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) was created to enhance and coordinate economic development activities citywide.

Columbia Parc

Columbia Parc

Built on the site of the former St. Bernard public-housing development, Columbia Parc is part of a larger effort called Columbia Parc at the Bayou District, which includes nearly 700 mixed-income apartments that offer a range of options from public-housing subsidized units to market-rate rentals.…

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NORD Reform

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NORD Reform

In 2010, voters approved a city council ordinance to reform NORD, through the creation of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, comprised of 13 community leaders appointed by the mayor.…

Claiborne Corridor

In 2010, the city was awarded a $2 million federal planning grant to revitalize the Claiborne Corridor.

Recovery Projects

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Recovery Projects

With a total investment of $1.63 billion, the city has outlined 336 committed and funded capital recovery projects to rebuild police and fire stations, parks, playgrounds, libraries and community centers.

NOPD Transparency

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NOPD Transparency

By implementing a new process that allows for the public release of recordings that capture critical incidents, the NOPD increased transparency and accountability to the people of New Orleans.

Police Reform

Police Reform

To advance an internal reform initiative, the City of New Orleans partnered with the US. Department of Justice. Together they worked to improve the performance and civic engagement of the NOPD.

NOPD Transparency

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NOPD Transparency

To increase their public outreach, the NOPD created and launched MAX (Management Analytics of eXcellence), a publicly accessible database showcasing information like crime rates, police response times and use-of-force details. This unprecedented level of transparency and information-sharing has…

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Langston Hughes Academy

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Langston Hughes Academy

In 2009, Langston Hughes Academy became the first newly built school to open its doors in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Architects designed a building onto a shallow but three-block-wide site on Trafalgar Street by the Fairgrounds. They arranged the structure in a staggered design, cleverly…

Brechtel Park

Named for a founder of the New Orleans Recreation Department, Johnny Brechtel, Brechtel Park is a 120-acre urban park in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans. The park was founded in 1971 using funds from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, and is maintained by the Friends of Brechtel Park and the New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways, as part of a strategic investment to ensure the preservation of key community assets that hold historical significance.

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Lafayette Elementary School

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Lafayette Elementary School

Lafayette Academy on South Carrollton Avenue underwent a complete $4.8 million re-do, including new floors, repaired walls, windows, and doors.

Moton Charter School

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Moton Charter School

Moton Charter School, named for the school that opened in 1955 to serve children from the Desire public-housing complex, was granted a charter in 2006 but wasn't granted a permanent location until 2013, when the Orleans Parish School Board gave Moton the $22.5 million, state-of-the-art North…

Ben Franklin High School

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Ben Franklin High School

The high school located on Leon C. Simon Drive by Lake Pontchartrain was badly damaged by floodwaters and mildew in 2005. One of the state’s highest academic performers, Franklin garnered enough support to raise more than $1 million in private funds; the school was repaired and re-opened by January 2006.

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McDonogh 32 Literacy Charter School

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McDonogh 32 Literacy Charter School

This Old Algiers school was one of the first school buildings to re-open in late 2005 following Hurricane Katrina. Since then, the building, built in the 1950s, has undergone long-needed renovations to better serve its students and community.

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