The Claiborne Corridor stretches through the core of New Orleans and is the heart of our most celebrated cultural traditions, home of the nation’s oldest African American commercial districts, and host to the region’s most job-rich business district. It is also the site of $5 billion in completed or committed public and private investments, yet remains the site of our city’s most glaring socio-economic disparities. It includes thirteen neighborhoods where a disproportionate number of residents live in poverty amidst blight and violence, and are faced with limited access to quality jobs, transportation, and safe housing.
The Network is enacting multiple strategies to provide opportunities for Corridor residents and small businesses–preparing them with the skills, training, education, and support needed to fully participate in our economy and society. Through productive partnerships among local industries, small businesses, residents, non-profits, philanthropy, and city agencies, the initiative coordinates activities in six priority areas: Economic Opportunity, Affordable Housing, Cultural Preservation, Transportation Access, Environmental Sustainability, and Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods.
We, the residents of the Claiborne neighborhoods, are at the heart of the future Claiborne Avenue corridor. In that future, we celebrate our culture and family traditions where our historic neighborhoods are safe and affordable for all who want to live here.
Our neighborhood streets, community parks, and the Lafitte Greenway fill with family gatherings and the music and parades of second line and Mardi Gras Indian traditions.
Claiborne, St. Bernard, Esplanade Avenues, Broad and Canal Streets, and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard thrive with locally owned businesses, affordable goods and services for daily living, reliable employment for residents, and positive learning experiences for neighborhood youth.
Quality public transit is convenient, reliable, clean, and affordable with a broad reach to jobs and neighborhoods city-wide. Traffic even on business streets yields to bicyclists, crossing pedestrians, and the festivities that sometimes spill out from local cross streets.
The Medical District provides affordable healthcare and living-wage jobs. New industries in the city attract workers who support Claiborne Corridor businesses and respect and appreciate what we value in our communities.
CLAIBORNE CORRIDOR CULTURAL INNOVATION DISTRICT (CID) is a 19-Block transformation of the elevated I-10 expressway along Claiborne Avenue from Canal Street to St. Bernard Avenue. Built with green infrastructure, in addition to being a world-class market with arts, crafts, produce and seafood vendors, the CID will include classrooms and exhibit space, interactive technology and education demonstrations, and will be a site for youth programming, health, environmental, and social services, community projects, workshops, and special events for the residents of the Claiborne Corridor.
As a culture-based economic driver, the CID will support indigenous entrepreneurs and culture bearers in achieving their goals for equitable and sustainable community development. Heavy on innovation, it will be a resident-led effort focused on providing direct pathways to business ownership, workforce development, and community capacity building, while fulfilling the need for neighborhood-serving retail and enhanced neighborhood services.
BuildCLAIBORNE is a comprehensive training and capacity building program to help current property owners, business owners, and emerging developers to revitalize residential and commercial properties in the Claiborne Corridor. It is designed to better ensure that the Corridor is redeveloped by, for and with the residents of the community.
BuildCLAIBORNE promotes asset development and wealth creation for the Claiborne Corridor’s socially and economically disadvantaged residents and businesses.
LiveCLAIBORNE leverages the City’s housing affordability plan, Housing for a Resilient New Orleans with The Network’s housing development partners to increase the supply of affordable housing in the Claiborne Corridor while creating jobs and contracting opportunities for small businesses.
These efforts aim to help existing low income homeowners and rental property owners repair their aging homes and incorporate state of the art health and resilience features for improved indoor air quality, stormwater management, reduced utility costs and better economic stability.
The One Table is a coordinated funding mechanism designed to enhance the ability to attract and deploy capital effectively and efficiently in New Orleans urban core. With funding from public and private sector investors, the One Table initiative is committed to meeting the goals of:
The One Table is a tool to advance Build CLAIBORNE and Live CLAIBORNE.
Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods
Safe, walkable neighborhoods, with easy access to fresh foods, open space, and recreation centers are long-standing markers of healthy neighborhoods. And while most neighborhoods within the Claiborne Corridor are experiencing improvements in many of these areas, The Network for Economic Opportunity knows we can do better.
Reducing the Corridor’s violent crime and murder rate, promoting healthier eating through better access to fresh food markets, encouraging more parks and recreational space, and forging a health-in-all policies approach to neighborhood developments and infrastructure projects are among the multiple approaches the Network is taking to making Corridor neighborhoods safer places to raise a family and to grow old.
The Network for Economic Opportunity is developing strategies to promote safer and healthier neighborhoods with national best practice approaches.
Connecting Corridor Residents to:
Connecting Local Industries to:
Connecting Corridor Small Businesses to:
Current Network Supported Projects
Foundation for Louisiana TOGETHER Initiative Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods Project: The Foundation’s Equity Caucus working group is developing a project aimed to increase safety for neighborhoods in the Claiborne Corridor and across the city of New Orleans by engaging residents, safety-focused community organizations, the Independent Police Monitor’s Office, and community relations agencies of the New Orleans Police Department in the development of a citizens’ police accountability board with oversight and influence around implementation of new crime-fighting measures within the communities where resident members live, work and play.
Network Recommended Resources
City of New Orleans Health Department, “Health Disparities in New Orleans Report,” 2013