development

Transportation
7:30 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Putting The Pedal To The Metal: New Orleans' Bicycling Infrastructure Is Expanding

The newly-repaved Esplanade Ave. As part of the street's reconstruction, a lane in each direction was eliminated and a bike lane added.
Nina Feldman WWNO

No matter what neighborhood you live in, chances are you’ve been confronted with one thing this summer — and that’s construction. As roads from the Lakefront to the Riverbend get smoothed over, city officials are taking the opportunity to ensure that the new roads are better not only for drivers, but also for cyclists.

Lalo Flores, a Mid-City resident and avid bicyclist, is impressed by the repairs to Esplanade Ave.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Costco Gets Ready To Open New Orleans Store

New Orleans is getting ready to offer big box warehouse retail shopping inside city limits. A Costco is to open later this month.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Out To Lunch: The Comebacks

Josef Wright and Greg Ensslen.
Elizabeth Hudson It's New Orleans

Greg Ensslen is founder of the Freret Street Market and one of the prime movers in bringing Freret Street roaring back from blight to boom. President of the Greater Mid City Business Association Josef Wright presides over the sprawling new hospital district and resurgence of Carrollton Avenue.

Plus, we hit the swamps with Lost Lands.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Habana Outpost Restaurant Nears Final Approval In French Quarter

The current state of the intersection at Esplanade Avenue and North Rampart Street where the restaurant is proposed.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The Vieux Carré Commission is allowing a controversial restaurant proposed for the French Quarter to move forward. But there are still roadblocks.

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Red River Radio
9:51 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Northwestern State to dedicate $12.1 million building project

Northwestern State University will dedicate two buildings at the heart of its Natchitoches, La., campus today. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and state officials are scheduled to be in attendance when the university officially opens the newly-renovated Caspari Hall and the Student Services Center. Combined, these projects cost $12.1 million. They were funded through state surplus revenue five years ago. NSU president Randall Webb said his university was ready to start construction, which was a plus when the state considered what projects to fund.

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World Trade Center Development
7:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

WTC Hotel And Apartment Plan Gets City Panel's Top Rating

The World Trade Center site.
vxla Flickr

The shuttered World Trade Center in New Orleans may be reborn as a luxury hotel and apartment complex. The 1960s-era building shaped like an X could be an anchor on the city’s refurbished riverfront.

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Economic Development
9:41 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

What Will Happen To The World Trade Center? City Meeting Tuesday

New Orleans World Trade Center stands 33 stories high
djnaquin67 Flickr

A city committee meets at 3 p.m. today to evaluate proposals for one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in New Orleans. Three developers are vying for the World Trade Center site. Two would renovate the blocky 1960s office tower, and a third would demolish it in favor of a giant funnel-shaped sculpture, or some other tourist attraction.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Mayor Landrieu Unveils Piazza d'Italia Renovation Plans

Artist rendering of the Piazza d'Italia.

That little slice of Italy depicted in a downtown New Orleans plaza is getting another makeover. Officials are still hoping to attract people and commerce to the monument designed to look like an Italian plaza.

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Development
4:55 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

The Lens Reporting: Riverfront Development Proposals

A presentation by the Convention Center depicts a giant sculpture on the site of the World Trade Center. It appears to be what Mayor Mitch Landrieu referred to when he told The Lens that one possibility for the site would be to create a monumental attraction, on par with the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
Credit Ernest N. Morial Convention Center via The Lens

This week state lawmakers and New Orleans city officials got a look at some proposals for riverfront development.

Tyler Bridges over at The Lens has been following the issue, which involves decisions about what to do with the World Trade Center, at the foot of Canal Street.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

New Airport Terminal Planned at Armstrong International Airport

A Southwest jet on final approach into the Louis Armstrong International Airport earlier this year.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and leaders throughout the region are unveiling plans to build a new airport. Supporters say it makes financial sense to replace the current 50-year-old terminal.

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