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View Poll Results: Do you think I-10 over N. Claiborne should come down?
Yes 9 52.94%
No 4 23.53%
Don't Know 1 5.88%
Don't Care 3 17.65%
Voters: 17. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-13-2009, 09:03 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Planners push to tear out elevated I-10 over Claiborne - NOLA.com

Honestly, I don't think it will ever happen and that it is a bad idea to begin with.

They say it's cheaper and that it will restore the area. Tearing down the expressway itself may be cheaper, but the work to make it actually work and to modify the existing infrastructure would go into the billions.

They say plant trees in the neutral ground. Most streets in this city have tree lined neutral grounds. Half if not a majority of them are blighted. What happened, the oak trees didn't save these areas. I think there are too many other parts of town that need to be revitalized before they try to spend money on a effort they may not even work. ex: S. Claiborne

I doubt LaDOTD or the Federal Govt. will approve this anyway, but what do you think?
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:48 PM
 
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I approve of this roadway coming down.
That said its 10+ years out at least...its not going to come down, just for the sake of coming down. It's a long term goal that includes improving transportation including light rail...
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:18 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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I approve of this roadway coming down.
That said its 10+ years out at least...its not going to come down, just for the sake of coming down. It's a long term goal that includes improving transportation including light rail...
Don't get me wrong... I'm all for light rail and transport. upgrades, but I cannot see how this will improve transportation unless a new expressway is built in place of the old one. N. Claiborne alone won't get it.

I don't even think this is feasible. Other cities that have done the same, could do so with little impact on infrastructure. We aren't so lucky.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:52 PM
 
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Well I would await the final recommendation from Clancy Goody.
I would think that the I-610 would become the I-10, and I don't mean to take the sides...but Treme was railroaded....that I-10 would have never come down the Quarter (even though it was planned) or Uptown...
We also have to get over the fact that we will no longer be a car based culture any longer, and New Orleans is positioned a lot better than most cities. However a rail system should come down from St. Tammany into the CBD, and out to MSY.

THe only road block to our city is the provincialism, Metairie hates New Orleans, St. Tammany hates the southshore, etc. We ARE in this TOGETHER, and to paraphrase Ben Franklin, we must hang together for otherwise we will hang seperately.

We need to get it together NOW. (And I'd venture we need to get it together by electing Arnie Fielkow Mayor for black or white, Uptown to the 7th Ward...we want our kids to stay, and we are attracting new residents. Let's make it happen, NOW)
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:01 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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THe only road block to our city is the provincialism, Metairie hates New Orleans, St. Tammany hates the southshore, etc. We ARE in this TOGETHER, and to paraphrase Ben Franklin, we must hang together for otherwise we will hang seperately.
I absolutely agree.

The thing about the highway though, in my opinion everybody is trying to make it seem so simple. Like we just knock down the highway and boom everthing is all good. Nobody is looking at the bigger picture, only how it will effect Treme.

Oh and we came close to having 3 elevated highways uptown and one in the marigny/quarter. If it was for the lack of Fed resources, and a change in the administration during the time they would have been built. If they let Moses have NYC he wouldn't have definitely gotten NOLA.
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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I personally do not see any benifit coming from the destruction of this expressway, other than baby oak trees that won't be spectacular for a long time. The city cannot build up by tearing down. We've got to work with what we've got. Like it or not, the Claiborne Expressway is there, so instead of blaming it for all the problems like some in the city have done, why not be innovative and different when it comes to revitalizing the neighborhood, instead of following the "trend". Be innovative and find a way to restore the culture and the neighborhood by utilizing what is already there.

They say it will bring the neighborhood back. I, too, like to dream sometimes, but the freeway only played a small part in the downfall of the neighborhood. Changes in culture destroyed the neighborhood. Perhaps I-10 only sped up the destruction a little bit.
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:07 AM
 
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Wait again I'd wait for the final report from the urban planners, it's what they are educated, trained and paid to do. They won't issue a report that has tear down I-10 and leave it at that.

Also understand as long as I-10 runs over Claiborne, that area under the expressway will always be scary. Areas near elevated interstates don't gentrify.
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:09 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Yes indeed.....
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:20 AM
 
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Wait again I'd wait for the final report from the urban planners, it's what they are educated, trained and paid to do. They won't issue a report that has tear down I-10 and leave it at that.

Also understand as long as I-10 runs over Claiborne, that area under the expressway will always be scary. Areas near elevated interstates don't gentrify.
I hate to disagree with a fellow NOLA lover, but I guess they broke the mould with Beauregard Town here in Baton Rouge. Elevated expressway on two sides and the area has been coming back fast in the last 10-15 years. But I do agree that it is pretty darn scary under there.
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:27 AM
 
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Claiborne's area was ruined when they built the elevated portion years ago. Before that, it was a commercial area that, while not having expensive stores, at least had life on the street. A lot of black folks at the time said it was ramrodded by white builders (of the interstate system) who didn't care about their neighborhoods. I suspect they were right!
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