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Spring 2014


The purpose of the “Freight Down the Middle” study is to assess the potential outcomes for New Orleans neighborhoods Hollygrove and Dixon residents if the Middle Belt option is implemented. The study analyzes current regulations, established data on health impacts, engineering specifications, demonstrated mitigation measures, and case studies to illustrate possible impacts on the neighborhoods. The study area focuses specifically on Hollygrove and Dixon, and statistical data at the census tract level is used to give context to the risk factors inherent to the population groups in the area.


This report was produced by students enrolled in MURP 6720-602 (Practicum in Urban and Regional Planning), supervised by Dr. Kate Lowe, Spring 2014