i guess gentilly will have to wait

June 18, 2006 at 5:20 am Leave a comment

The Lakeview presentation started late, as community meetings are want to do, so I didn't 'get to Gentilly.

Since I had written the first draft of the presentation, I didn't learn much new information. But it was heartening to see so many Lakeview residents coming back to rededicate themselves to the neighborhood. Although I've done a lot of work with the The District 5 Recovery Team, I never stop being amazed by the organized but grassroots nature of their work. When it seemed that professional planners might never come to their aid, the neighborhoods developed an elaborate committee structure and combined the efforts of Lakeview, Lake Vista, Lakeshore, City Park, Country Club Gardens, Lakwood, and Parkview.

In the end, when the paid planners did come, Lakeview residents were ready for them. They had already developed a proposed land use scheme and overlay zoning districts. They had collected detailed data about current infrastructure needs and mobilized block captains to survey current conditions. So today's presentation was really an oportunity for planners to organize the information residents had already collected.

Here's a mercifully brief photo essay:

Paul Lambert did business before the presentation

Freddy Yoder and Martin Landrieu discussed the agenda while

everyone socialized.

Once the meeting started a consultant presented previous work done by the District 5 Recovery Group,

and we tried to pretend we weren't being filmed.

It was pretty difficult.

Come to think of it, it was very difficult.

Later, Jim Amdal got pretty fired up about infrastructure,

But who can really blame him?

Finally, Martin reminded us that a finished plan is only the beginning of the rebuilding process.

But it's a step in the right direction.


Entry filed under: lakeview, meetings, New Orleans, planning, recovery.

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