PROGRAM: URBAN PLANNING
BUDGET: $5.5 MILLION
CLIENT: GREATER NEW ORLEANS FOUNDATION
The team of Mathes Brierre Architects and HOK Planning Group were contracted in 2006 to provide neighborhood planning services as part of the Unified New Orleans Plan recovery planning project. The Mathes Brierre/HOK team performed neighborhood planning for half of City Planning District 4, which includes Mid-City, Tulane Gravier, Treme, Armstrong Park, and Gert Town. Our team worked closely with residents, business owners, and institutions throughout the historic neighborhoods of New Orleans’ Mid-City Planning District to forge plans for the sustainable physical and economic recovery of these important New Orleans communities. We focused on clustering recovery investments around new economic development initiatives for maximum leverage, revitalization and preservation of historic residential neighborhoods, repositioning declining industrial corridors for new mixed-use development, repairing disjunct urban street and open space patterns to strengthen neighborhood relationships, and reprogramming the urban realm for maximum community
benefit. The rethinking of Armstrong Park and surrounding area, shown here, is one example of the plans developed.