The 4-mile stretch of Claiborne Avenue between Napoleon and Elysian Fields is finally getting a much needed shot in the arm. A $2 million federally funded study is underway to see how this vital corridor can be improved.
Obviously, quality retail from the private sector would be a nice start and that appears to be exactly what is happening. On the long abandoned comer of Claiborne and Toledano, a proposed shopping center is being considered. The center will have 6 major retail tenants and 2 additional fast food outlets. This tract of land sitting directly in front of the old CJ Peete housing development could be the catalyst to jump-start the Claiborne corridor.
There is no reason Claiborne Avenue can’t be the Veterans Blvd of New Orleans. For far too long Orleans Parish tax dollars have been going to Jefferson Parish. This could stem that flow somewhat, but more importantly, this new retail could be the first of many on long neglected Claiborne Avenue. And that’s great news for all of New Orleans.