Learn more about vacant lot blight beautification, soil remediation and food security in this do-it-yourself handbook from CSED. Do you have a blighted, vacant lot adjacent to your home or in the next block? Would you like to be able to create something beautiful and useful in that space for very little money? In the spring of 2013, the CSED was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do just that…turn a blighted, overgrown, vacant lot which was full of trash, vermin, and drug users, into a community pocket park and orchard at 4817-19 Dauphine Street. This lot now provides neighbors with a beautiful place to relax, learn about plants and soil remediation, and enjoy the “fruit” of our labor. We hope our story of how we accomplished this project will inspire you to “get the lead out” and help to eradicate blight in your community.
Ecologist Colleen Butler recently volunteered her services to computerize a landscape design plan for the CSED lots at Florida and Caffin Avenues (near Bayou Bienvenue platform). The Florida Avenue lot will be planted with red maple, pecan, and cypress trees. The naturalized "island" blooming with goldenrod that currently exists in the rear of this lot will be enhanced with additional plants to further attract butterflies. READ MORE >>
Just released, the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan addresses groundwater and stormwater as critical factors in shaping a safe, livable and beautiful city. Administered by GNO, Inc., the $2.5 million plan was funded by the Louisiana Office of Community Development with New Orleans' Waggonner and Ball leading a team of local and international water management experts to develop this innovative plan.
Of special interest to CSED and the Lower 9th Ward Community is a section in the plan titled "Claiborne to Inner Harbor", which addresses the challenges, opportunities and vision of creating a new waterfront identity along the Industrial Canal along with a Wetland Restoration Park in Bayou Bienvenue. For more on the Plan and to download a copy, go to LivingWithWater.
CSED's Executive Director Arthur Johnson has been invited to participate on the EJ Workshop Planning Team to assist with creating an agenda for the next Environmental Justice Training Workshop, scheduled for September 2013 in Louisiana. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs sponsors this workshop to:
Better understand today’s environmental justice challenges
Exchange strategies, lessons learned and best practices that lead to healthier communities
Begin a collaborative action plan that addresses region-wide priorities
This workshop (EPA Region 6) will be held September 25 - 27, 2013. Registration is fee; deadline to register is September 10, 2013. Go to: http://www.dscej.org/index.php?option=com_rseventspro&layout=show&cid=6:epa-region-6-environmental-justice-community-training-workshop
Dress Code: Business Casual
Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel
700 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone: (504) 613-2330 or 1-888-236-2427 (toll-free)
When: Saturday July 20, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm - Ride begins at 6:30 pm
Starting Place: The Lower Ninth Ward Village, 1001 Charbonnet Street NOLA, 70117
Stop: Café Dauphine (where bottled water will be provided), 5229 Dauphine Street NOLA, 70117
Come join us on this fun and leisurely monthly bike ride! This free, family-friendly ride is aimed at raising awareness around biking in the Lower 9th Ward, as well as promoting safety for bike and transit commuters that use the St. Claude Bridge on a daily basis, despite its unsafe conditions. This ride will also provide a brief journey into the rich culture and heritage of the Lower 9th Ward and its vast history. Come out and support this cause while learning the history and getting a workout!
For more info, contact Natosha K.Brown @ 504-329-1978
Join us for the Connect the 9 Community Bike Ride and Festival, Saturday, March 9, 2013 - highlighting safety problems for bike riders and walkers across the Lower 9th Ward's St. Claude Bridge.
10:30 a.m. Community Bike Ride starts at the Green Project (St. Claude & the railroad tracks) 2831 Marais St.
11:15 a.m. Riders arrive at Sam Bonart Park Lower 9th Ward (Forstall St. & Marais St.)
11:30 a.m. Press Conference at Sam Bonart Park, Lower 9th Ward (Forstall St. & Marais St.)
12:30 ‐ 3 p.m. Community Festival at the Village, 1001 Charbonnet St.
Sponsored by St. Claude Bridge Safety and Access Group; Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development (CSED); Bike Easy; The Village; Holy Cross Neighborhood Association; Sierra Club; Global Green; Green Project; KidsWalk Coalition and residents of the Lower 9th Ward.
For more information, the press release and a copy of the bike route map, download our fact sheet, Connect the 9 Community Bike Ride and Festival.
Announcing the launch of the Lower Ninth Ward Food Action Plan – a project of the Lower Ninth Ward Food Access Coalition (LNWFAC). THE PLAN is a comprehensive plan of action written by Lower Ninth ward residents and community leaders committed to tackling the food access issues of the Lower Ninth Ward, which is considered a “food desert” by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The official unveiling of The Lower Ninth Ward Food Action Plan will take place on February 23, 2013 at 11am at All Souls Episcopal Church, 5500 St. Claude Ave. at Caffin Avenue, with words from District E Councilman James Gray and Councilwoman-At-Large Stacy Head, CSED Executive Director Arthur Johnson and members of the LNWFAC.
The LNWFAC and CSED believe that the Food Action Plan addresses the problems and provides solutions to the Lower Ninth Ward’s issue of poor food access, naming three projects chosen by residents to improve the availability of quality food in the Lower Ninth Ward: a mobile grocery store, a healthy corner store and a school-based grocery store. Additionally, the Food Action Plan further empowers an already strong community to assess and champion the needs of its residents independently.
Download a copy of the Food Action Plan here.
With the closing of 417 Andry, all the Global Green Houses on Andry Street are occupied! The new Holy Cross Project residents include: a free-lance writer who has written for the Times Picayune (among other publications) and frequently on issues regarding the L9; a teacher/advocate for our public schools, non-profit employees in the fields of HIV/AIDS prevention and mental health; an architect and a Director with Hope Credit Union. So, today, an entire block, formerly vacant, is filled with four families who are thrilled to call
this neighborhood HOME! If you get the chance, be sure to say “Hello”.
Join CSED, LSU's College of Art & Design and the L9 Center for the Arts on Saturday, December 8 from 3 to 5 pm. Our Talk and Reception will explore ideas for "Rethinking Truck, Automobile, Bus, Bicycle and Pedestrian Routes" throughout the recovering Lower Ninth Ward.
This special event will be held at the L9 Center for hte Arts, 539 Caffin Avenue. Call 832-368-1679 if you have any questions. See you there!
Join us for a special community update on the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle: Tuesday, November 27, 7pm to 9pm, All Souls Church & Community Center, 5500 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. The Bayou is an integral part of the Lower Ninth Ward’s past, present and future. Hosted by All Souls Church, the Sierra Club, the CSED, the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association, the National Wildlife Federation, and others.
Understanding the trends of the ecosystem degradation is an important starting point for the ecosystem restoration project. We want to restore the health, vitality, and sustainability of the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle Ecosystem. As we have seen in the wake of multiple hurricanes, we cannot rely solely on levees to protect us from storm surges and flooding. It will take the restoration of the wetlands to bring us added security as well as a wonderful opportunity for community involvement.
For Lower Ninth Ward residents, this project is a source of hope and inspiration, but there are serious obstacles and numerous uncertainties with the proposed restoration solutions. Restoring the bayou is a low maintenance, long-term investment that will continue to provide protection for the New Orleans area over the years. As a result of the efforts of the CSED, the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association, the Sierra Club, the National Wildlife Federation, and other Lower 9th Ward groups, the Bayou Bienvenue has been included in both the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan and the Army Corps of Engineers' MRGO Ecosystem Restoration Plan, but neither has yet committed any funding to its restoration.
You can help out by contacting the CSED office and advocating for a healthier bayou!