The Livable Claiborne Communities Study encompasses a five-square-mile area in the heart of New Orleans that is bisected by Claiborne Avenue. The study links an analysis of transportation alternatives with a community revitalization plan and examines the feasibility of alternatives for the I-10 viaduct above Claiborne Avenue. Built in the late 1960s, the viaduct divided the historic neighborhoods of Treme and the Seventh Ward, destroying a wide, shady boulevard median and hastening the decline of a once-thriving African- American commercial district. The study area includes neighborhoods that gave birth to New Orleans’s distinctive cultural traditions and helped shape its strong sense of place.
The planning study explores how the Claiborne Avenue area can support revitalization and integrate many new initiatives and investments now underway, including construction of two new hospitals and the mixed-income redevelopment of four public housing developments, while still serving as a critical regional transportation link. In July 2012, the City appointed a Director for a newly-created a Livable Claiborne Communities Initiative to begin coordination and implementation of the study’s recommendations.