This proposal seeks to make a neighborhood amenity out of a divisive infrastructural corridor. Located in a low lying district of New Orleans between Carrollton Avenue and the Jefferson Parish line, the district was crossed by major urban infrastructure long before any residential building occurred there. The Hollygrove Greenline initiative seeks to show how a 50 foot wide swath of land above an underground canal could create a series of places for neighborhood activities and for urban farming. The project layers green infrastructure strategies over conventional engineering practices in a way that seeks to support neighborhood enhancement and economic development.
The study began with research and documentation of the area’s historical, physical and social contexts. This analysis has stimulated the development of some initial proposals for the corridor. The band of vacant land that constitutes the Greenline cuts diagonally across the city grid of the neighborhood, and several different types of open space are created. Preliminary design strategies have focused on the development of these spaces as essential neighborhood infrastructure in the form of public park space, water management systems, and community gardens and urban farms. Through continued engagement with neighborhood stakeholders, the Greenline Project aims to transform these otherwise derelict lots into active and healthy community spaces.
Judith Kinnard, FAIA
Michael Cohen, Intern
Zachary Gong, Intern
Ian O’Cain, Intern