The Destruction and Revival of a Neighborhood
This examination of what is apparently the oldest African-American and ethnically diverse neighborhood in the United States, Faubourg Treme, New Orleans, LA, follows the development of urban renewal and regeneration and transportation projects "gone bad" in the Treme neighborhood. These projects have been the major factor on the blight of the community. The faubourg is located in close proximity to both downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter (Vieux Carre) making it exploitable to city planners and the government as a place to service the downtown and French Quarter. These services included but were not limited to housing for service and working class employees and an interstate highway ramp. The goal of the transportation project was to make the tourist centers more accessible to tourist travel and the suburbs of New Orleans. The blight of this once vibrant neighborhood prompted questions, including how and why did the urban renewal and transportation projects cause massive amounts of displacement without replacement of residents? How does Treme retain its historical character as well as welcome reinvestment?
urban renewal; gentrification
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