Date of Award

Fall 12-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Urban Studies


Planning and Urban Studies

Major Professor

D. Ryan Gray

Second Advisor

David L. Gladstone

Third Advisor

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.


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