Date of Award
Planning and Urban Studies
D. Ryan Gray
David L. Gladstone
Mary N. Mitchell
In 2015, New Orleans opened the Lafitte Greenway, a linear urban bike path. The Lafitte Greenway follows the footprint of the Carondelet Canal, a historic shipping channel developed in the late-eighteenth century. While it was created as a public resource, the Carondelet Canal became a thriving residential and commercial corridor during New Orleans’ antebellum period, accompanied by public spaces in which class- and race-based hierarchies were produced, contested, and reimagined. Archaeological and archival data from Square 240, a block along the canal’s route, illustrate the tensions inherent in the production of urban public spaces, both past and present. A genealogy of the Carondelet Canal connects past inequalities to the Lafitte Greenway’s emergence as a new public space within the current pattern of urban neoliberal development.
Williams, Elizabeth, "From the Lafitte Greenway to the Carondelet Canal: Genealogy of an Emerging Place on the New Orleans Landscape" (2020). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 2840.
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