Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

I am so proud to be named one of the Urban Conservancy‘s 2014 Urban Heroes. What, me a hero? I am not much afflicted with the infamous vice of false modesty, but I have to admit this makes me blush just a little. Yes, the Lafitte Greenway in now under construction, but after all, I […]

Hike Report 2014

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The 9th annual hike of the Lafitte Corridor was the smallest to date. Only two people! That’s because the greenway is now under construction. This was a rogue hike, completely unauthorized — kinda like the first one in May 2005. More photos.

Advocating the Greenway

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

The New Orleans Advocate has a nice story by Andrew Vanacore on the greenway, including a couple quote from yours truly. Also, Here are a a couple items which I should have noted when I posted last week: Yes, they are about to start work on the greenway. At last. As the Advocate article notes, […]

My FOLC Tale

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

I’ve got a new essay up at Friends of Lafitte Corridor. Most if not all of the major spiritual traditions on our planet seem to embrace the path as a metaphor. Maybe that’s why I’ve found the prospect of a greenway in the Lafitte Corridor so inspiring over the years. There’s been something very compelling […]


Monday, September 30th, 2013

On the Friday before the equinox, I caught a ride with Daniel Samuels up to the Old Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge. It was built by Huey P. Long in 1930. There was a really cool version of the state seal carved into the fireplace in the library. But I wasn’t there for the architectural […]

Make Me a Hero

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Friends, A nonprofit I helped found, the Friends of Lafitte Corridor, has a shot at $10,000. Here’s how: You have to vote for me. FOLC nominated me for the Louisiana Cox Conserves Heroes program. Now I’m a finalist. While I’m deeply honored to have gotten this far, I really want to see us win this […]

With or Without Me

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The coolest thing about this year’s hike, from my personal perspective, is that I’ve had hardly anything to do with organizing the event. (Term limits, y’know.) Yet still it chugs along. That’s extremely gratifying. But there are other cool things: This year we’re reversing direction, hiking toward the river for a change, so people can […]


Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Most if not all of the major spiritual traditions on our planet seem to embrace the path as a metaphor. Maybe that’s why I’ve found the prospect of a greenway in the Lafitte Corridor so inspiring over the years. There’s been something very compelling about imagining a trail in what is currently fallow, empty land […]

Greenway Planning Meetings: Your Participation Is Critical

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

These meetings are coming up week after next. This is what FOLC has been working for these last five years. These meetings will begin to shape what the greenway will be. If you’ve got specific ideas, this is how to let them be known. Or just come to learn about the Lafitte Corridor and give […]

Perils for Pedestrians

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Perils for Pedestrians episode #174 was just released today and will be appearing on stations across the country. The first interview is with yours truly. This was shot back in January of 2010, so some info I present is not current. For the latest, stay tuned to folc-nola.org.

Mid-City Market

Friday, June 10th, 2011

There is an unfortunate pattern which sometimes emerges in local reportage, wherein community groups are incorrectly depicted as opposed to economic development. In reality, most community groups merely want to be engaged in the development process to ensure the highest quality outcome. I’ve seen it happen before, and so I get a little nervous sometimes. […]

Kicked Off

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

This morning was the Lafitte (Corridor) Greenway Strategic Kickoff Meeting. It ran from 7:30 to 9:00 AM, which was a tad problematic for me. I’m usually getting my girl to daycare around 9 AM, and I really hate to rush our morning routine. Yesterday morning, she got into a mood and hid under the dining […]

Hike Report 2011

Monday, April 18th, 2011

We had almost 400 people hiking the Lafitte Corridor this year. We had two City Council members and a Senator. We had planners from Design Workshop. But there were two people in particular I was especially happy to have with me. This is the first time Persephone or Xy made the hike. Persephone can perhaps […]

The Good News

Friday, April 15th, 2011

I’ve been walking around with a big goofy grin for the last week. I got the news last Thursday. It seems that the City of New Orleans has at last signed the contract with Design Workshop that will allow the planning and design and eventual construction of a greenway in the Lafitte Corridor. Finally! This […]

Hike Story in New Orleans Picayune

Friday, April 8th, 2011

I’m quoted in a story which appeared in yesterday’s New Orleans Picayune. Many thanks to Annette Sisco for a fine writeup.


Monday, April 4th, 2011

Some months ago, at a meeting with some folks from the Rails to Trails Conservancy, I was bemoaning the difficulties of sustaining our outreach efforts in Friends of Lafitte Corridor. As an all-volunteer organization, we often run into limits of time and energy, and burnout is an ever-present danger. Kelly Pack suggested the idea of […]

Become a Greenway Ambassador

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Oops, time is getting away from me, but good things are happening. I also posted this on the FOLC site, but frankly my blog gets more traffic. See, we’re planning to do this year’s hike of the Lafitte Corridor in small groups instead of one monolithic horde. To pull that off we need a critical […]

Greenway: Underway

Monday, March 14th, 2011

I’m quoted in this here article in The Gambit.

Save the Date

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Hike the Lafitte Corridor will take place this year on April 16, 2011 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Since establishment, each year Friends of Lafitte Corridor (FOLC) holds a hike where they lead the community through the three-mile stretch that will soon be constructed into a greenway. The greenway will link neighborhoods including the French Quarter, […]

Minor Relapse, Electoral Politics, and Music

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Last night FOLC had its annual board election. I was excited but also a little nervous. We had a bigger slate of candidates than ever before, fifteen in all, for eight open seats. I wasn’t up for re-election myself; our terms are staggered and mine ends next year. But I was nervous because there was […]