From the Lafitte Greenway to the Carondelet Canal: Genealogy of an Emerging Place on the New Orleans Landscape
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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