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Posts Tagged ‘New Orleans’

A Complete Streets Evaluation of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish

Friday, December 22nd, 2017
Complete streets in New Orleans: Recommended measures

Complete Streets is a fundamentally different approach to transportation planning, design, and engineering than the status quo of the last half century. It requires that all aspects of decision-making and implementation consider the needs of all people who use a road, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation. Streets are viewed as more than ways to move as many vehicles as possible. They are public spaces that connect and contribute to everything that surrounds them.

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New Orleans: Lead Exposure and Infrastructure Reconstruction

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
New Orleans: Lead Exposure and Infrastructure Reconstruction

The OIG found that the City and the S&WB have not alerted residents to the risk of increased exposure to lead in water caused by the partial replacement or disturbance of LSLs. Nor have they complied with industry best practices by providing citizens with ways to reduce the risk of increased lead exposure…As a result, New Orleans residents living where infrastructure construction projects occur may be—or may have been—unknowingly exposed to elevated levels of lead in drinking water.

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Entering the Pipeline: Engaging Disconnected Workers in the New Orleans Regional Economy

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Residents who don’t have access to an automobile are often stranded, and this applies disproportionately to disconnected workers in the Capital Region. According to 2010 data, Baton Rouge has a high percentage of households without vehicles – 11% compared to 9% nationwide. These residents, the majority of whom are low-income, have limited access to transit services that could connect them to the education, training and jobs they need to get ahead.

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Freeways Without Futures

Monday, February 17th, 2014
5 I-10/Claiborne Overpass, New Orleans

Successful freeway removal campaigns are characterized by strong community and political leadership; a decision-making process driven by long-term mobility planning, not cyclical federal and state allocations; and a vision for the urbanized environment that is not dictated solely by the fast movement of motor vehicles. CNU’s Highways to Boulevards initiative unites a diverse set of professionals, residents and activists in advocating for these outcomes and demonstrating the value of urban freeway removal by restoring urban neighborhoods and historic street networks.

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New Orleans, LA: Mat Sinking on the Mississippi River

Monday, February 4th, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides some preventive maintenance on the Mississippi River in the form of mat sinking to help protect levees and other river structures used to help keep the waterway navigable and reduce the risk of flooding for residents of Louisiana, Jan. 4, 2013. It’s an well-orchestrated process using one of […]

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Geaux Wider: New Orleans Construction Program

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

– LouisianaDOTD on YouTube

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Great American Infrastructure: New Orleans, LA: St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Line

Friday, February 17th, 2012

This is the fourteenth in a series of entries celebrating infrastructure achievements in the United States.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Marc Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League, and former Mayor of New Orleans

Friday, March 11th, 2011

As President of the National Urban League since 2003 Marc Morial has been the primary catalyst for an era of change — a transformation for the 100 year old civil rights organization. As Mayor of New Orleans, he was a popular chief executive with a broad multi-racial coalition who led New Orleans’ 1990’s renaissance, and left office with a 70% approval rating.

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Delta Urbanism in New Orleans: Before

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Overnight, Hurricane Katrina’s low barometric pressure and high winds sucked up a dome of gulf water and blew it north and northwestward into the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Louisiana deltaic plain. Shallow coastal depths reverberated the vertically churning water upward, further heightening the dome-shaped, landward-moving surge. Under natural conditions, hundreds of square miles of wetlands would have absorbed or spurned much of the intruding tide. But a century of coastal erosion had cost the region precious impedance, while a labyrinth of man-made navigation, oil, gas and drainage canals served as pathways for the surge to penetrate inland…

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Assessing the Benefits of Levees: An Economic Assessment of U.S. Counties with Levees

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The recent list of U.S. Counties with levee protection obtained by provides an opportunity to examine the economic benefits associated with levees. Compiled by FEMA from a National Flood Insurance Program database, this list includes 881 U.S. counties that have flood protection levees. As coastal Louisiana faced recovery from devastating flooding, the nation questioned the wisdom of massive public investment in levees and other flood risk reduction infrastructure. This question reflected a long running debate regarding human settlement in floodplains that have been modified by levees and related flood reduction structures. Now we have the data needed to more thoroughly assess the economic benefits of using levees and other structures to protect populations that reside and work in floodplains.

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