The French Quarter has been described as a “European masterpiece.” The envy of most cities. A quaint little area built by another country or two, but exclusively ours. It’s more than the center of the city, its what defines us. It is New Orleans. And now there is finally hope we can maximize this treasure.
The city’s “master plan” includes tearing down the nasty I-10 over Claiborne Avenue. I have been a proponent of this idea long before it was mentioned in the master plan for New Orleans. I would rebuild it, not eliminate it. Either way, its got to go.
The Iberville housing development is in the process of a major overhaul, getting around 75% of its buildings razed. Over $600 million in mostly federal money will soon flow into that area.
And now the latest good news for the French quarter and the surrounding area: the RTA has announced plans for a new streetcar line that would run from Canal Street down Rampart in front of the Quarter.
Maximizing our European masterpiece is as easy as 1, 2, 3″ rebuild the I-10 over Claiborne, tear down the Iberville, and facelift North Rampart street. Follow through on those 3 initiatives and the French Quarter becomes an even better world class neighborhood and tourist destination.