The community-university collaborative model, first developed in early-1990s public health research, expands opportunities for new research partnerships and joint problem-solving. This model is ideally suited to land-grant colleges and urban research universities whose mission involves community engagement. At the University of New Orleans, this model is employed in “practicum” graduate courses offered in the Department of Planning and Urban Studies. One such practicum partnered with the Lower 9th Ward community in spring 2012 to address serious safety problems with the St. Claude Bridge. The bridge, which linked the lower and upper halves of the community and served as an essential transportation corridor to jobs in the central business district, was particularly unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists. This presentation will highlight the safety problems experienced by the community. It will also describe how graduate planning students and community members successfully worked together to develop a set of solutions, and ultimately presented these solutions to city leaders and transportation officials.
Nance, Earthea, "Transportation Safety and Access: A Case Study of the St. Claude Bridge in New Orleans" (2013). DRU Workshop 2013 Presentations – Disaster Resistant University Workshop: Linking Mitigation and Resilience. Paper 11.