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.

Lane in the Lens

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

I’m mentioned briefly in an article published by The Lens: Homeowner or homeless? St. Louis Street resident fights to hang on to what he has. Hughes is convinced that the gathering momentum against him stems from backers of the Lafitte Greenway, the linear park planned along the abandoned railroad tracks that parallel the canal across […]

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 […]

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, […]


Monday, August 16th, 2010

I’m quoted in this article from the morning paper.

Sunshine & Sausage

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made. — Otto von Bismarck I had the chance to observe a bit of sausage-making yesterday. I attended the meeting of a committee charged with selecting a team to design a greenway for the Lafitte Corridor. A little context may be in order. […]

The Greenway Shuffle

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Now might be a good time to register for the Lafitte Corridor hike on May 8. photo by Charles London Here’s a new song I’ve been singing lately. Two step forwards, one step back Doing the greenway shuffle Last year we took two steps forward. This year we’re taking a step back. I have to keep […]

Hike with Us

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Walk & Talk

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Audio slideshow from Urban Pathways to Livable Communities conference in New Orleans, February 25-26, 2010. A walk of the Lafitte Corridor hosted by Bart Everson of Friends of Lafitte Corridor and Daniel Samuels of the Lafitte Greenway Steering Advisory Committee.

Spontaneous Public Sculpture

Monday, March 1st, 2010

This sculpture mysteriously appeared on the Lafitte Corridor last week, just in time for the Urban Pathways conference tour. I was surprised and touched. It’s worth nothing that Friends of Lafitte Corridor did not solicit or commission this sculpture, though in retrospect I’m pretty sure I know who made it. It is, quite simply, yet […]


Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

WWOZ will be airing a “Street Talk” segment on the Lafitte Corridor greenway project today (Tues 1/12/10) at 2pm sharp. Listen on 90.7 FM in New Orleans or on the web at wwoz.org or just use the handy player on the FOLC website.

Buying It Back

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

There’s an article in today’s paper on a subject near and dear to my heart. I’m even quoted herein. My comments follow. Greenway Ahead by Lolis Eric Elie, The Times-Picayune Saturday September 05, 2009, 10:42 PM In a move that could help create the first new public park in New Orleans in two decades, the […]

Hike & Bike

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

So how many people came out for our hike? Can we call it 200? The Times-Picayune did. So if you’re keeping score, the annual breakdown looks like this: 2005: 3 2006: 18 2007: 17 2008: 60 2009: 200 Photo by Charlie London See also the video on WWL. Our budget for publicity? More or less […]

Hike the Lafitte Corridor

Monday, May 11th, 2009

What are you doing for National Trails Day? If you’re in New Orleans, please join us for the 5th Annual Hike of the Lafitte Corridor. Saturday June 6 10:00 AM: Meet at main entrance to Armstrong Park (Rampart St.) Noonish: Lunch at Massey’s (509 N Carrollton) 1:00 PM: Finish at Canal Blvd. Shuttle back to […]

Dear Goody Clancy

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Here’s a letter which I hope to present directly to representatives of Goody Clancy at tonight’s District 4 meeting (6PM @ Jesuit). Dear Goody Clancy, Friends of Lafitte Corridor has been reviewing the Master Plan draft. It is quite impressive. However, there are several points that concern us. We believe that the revitalization of the […]

Closer to the Greenway

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

From New Orleans City Business: City moving closer to work on creating Lafitte greenway Redeveloping 3-mile stretch from Quarter to Lakeview billed as recreation hot spot by Emilie Bahr, Staff Writer The city has chosen a contractor to plan and design a long-anticipated greenway for a mostly derelict stretch of land connecting Mid-City, Tremé, the […]