Susan Buchanan: New Orleans Considers Removing Its Claiborne Overpass

(This article was published in “The Louisiana Weekly” in the Dec. 17, 2012 edition.)No matter where you live in New Orleans, sooner or later you’ll find yourself on Claiborne Avenue, speakers said at community meetings in December on improving the corridor. The tree-lined boulevard was the heart of the local African American community before a 2.2-mile expressway, carrying part of Interstate-10, was built in the 1960s.Construction of alternative I-610 in the 1960s and 1970s reduced the need for the Claiborne overpass, however, and officials are considering removing it to reconnect neighborhoods. Community meetings held from Dec. 8 to 13 solicited views from residents. The feds and the city will ultimately decide whether the expressway goes, or if the structure stays and its wear and tear are repaired. Read More…
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Susan Buchanan: New Orleans Considers Removing Its Claiborne Overpass


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