New Orleans

Row of blue Blue Bikes bike share bikes at docked station on sidewalk in New Orleans, Louisiana.

New Orleans Bike Share Celebrates 300,000 Rides

The city revived its bike share system under a community-run model in 2021.

December 26, 2023 - Biz New Orleans

Red, yellow, and green plastic playground equipment in small park under Claiborne Expressway overpass in New Orleans, Louisiana.

New Orleans Residents Fight Freeways With Science

A local coalition is collecting data that proves the harmful impacts of the Claiborne Expressway on the surrounding community.

December 22, 2023 - NPR

View looking up at wrought iron French Quarter balcony in New Orleans with bright green fern plants in planters.

New Orleans Short-Term Rentals in Limbo

A federal judge halted the city’s lottery-based program in August, leaving current and prospective hosts in a legal gray area.

November 22, 2023 - Wired

Historic streetcar in middle of street in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana with palm trees and historic lampposts lining the street.

New Orleans Uses AI To Improve Traffic Safety

A new platform uses technology to improve traffic flow and reduce the risk of collisions with streetcars.

September 20, 2023 - Biz New Orleans

Red and yellow New Orleans streetcar running down street lined with palm trees

New Orleans Makes Big Plans for Transit

Still recovering from the long-term impacts of Hurricane Katrina, the city is looking to build out and modernize its transit system to improve mobility for its many transit-dependent residents.

July 12, 2023 - Governing

View of renovated Greek Revival Carrollton Courthouse at golden hour with new construction building next to it

A Historic Courthouse Becomes Senior Housing

A New Orleans courthouse will now provide assisted living facilities, along with street-facing balconies and a bar.

May 23, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

Row of blue New Orleans bike share bikes at a docked station on street

The Resurrection of New Orleans Bike Share

After the city lost its bike share fleet, its former manager pledged to bring it back, and did so under a non-profit model that centers equity for riders and workers.

January 25, 2023 - Grist

Colorful one-story wooden homes in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

Short-Term Rental Ban Expanded to All Residential New Orleans Neighborhoods

In the wake of a lawsuit, the city has extended its existing short-term rental moratorium to include existing permits and applications already submitted.

October 26, 2022 - Governing

Shotgun Homes, New Orleans

New Orleans Housing Report Card: “F” for Affordable Housing

A New Orleans nonprofit has failed the city’s affordable housing efforts for the third year running, citing local agencies’ inability to convert the city’s many underused properties into safe and affordable housing.

October 7, 2022 - Fox 8

New Orleans

Post-Katrina Programs a Blueprint for Housing the Working Class

The housing initiatives developed after Hurricane Katrina teach valuable lessons for post-pandemic affordable housing production.

September 7, 2021 -

A sign indicates closures on the New York Subway as the result of heavy rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

Ida Takes a Deadly Toll in the Northeast

Hurricane Ida passed through New Orleans, knocking out power causing extensive damage along the Gulf Coast. Then it moved to the Northeast, killing dozens of people with flooding caused by heavy rains.

September 3, 2021 - New York Post

Project site, New Orleans waterfront.

River District Megadevelopment Moving Forward in New Orleans

The project, led by Gensler, will span 39 acres of residential units, retail, and cultural attractions.

June 22, 2021 - The Architect's Newspaper

Community Land Trusts

Community Land Trusts Go Commercial: Nonprofit Offices, Hairdressers, and a Sausage Factory

Community land trusts, better known for permanently affordable housing, expand into commercial spaces for a wide range of reasons, and in a wide range of ways.

April 27, 2021 - Shelterforce Magazine


'Transit-Oriented Communities' Would Take Advantage of Bus System Changes in New Orleans

Transit planning is land use planning and land use planning is transit planning.

April 26, 2021 - Mass Transit

Multi-Modalism in New Orleans

New Orleans Weighs Regional Transit Plan

A new proposal would improve wait times for area buses and bring more households within walking distance to transit stops.

February 26, 2021 -

Americans With Disabilities Act

New Orleans Facing ADA Lawsuit for State of Sidewalks and Lack of Curb Cuts

The city of New Orleans' compliance with Americans With Disabilities Act compliance is too little, too late, according to the plaintiffs in a new lawsuit.

February 10, 2021 -

New Orleans

New Orleans Planning a Pedestrian-Friendly Makeover of the French Quarter

Pedestrian improvements are planned as an economic development opportunity in one of the most pedestrian-friendly places in the entire country—the French Quarter of New Orleans.

December 7, 2020 - WDSU

Hurricane Katrina Rebuilding

New Housing Fund Launched in New Orleans

A new housing relief fund has been launched in New Orleans to help low-income residents deal with the economic fallout of the pandemic.

August 24, 2020 -

New Orleans Aerial

Hired From Short-Term Rental Industry, New Land Use Head Will Also Lead Economic Development in NOLA

New Orleans is attempting a "major paradigm shift" in marrying land use control with economic development goals.

July 30, 2020 - The Lens

Mississippi River

Permeable Pavements Required for Parking, Sidewalks in New Orleans

New Orleans is looking for new ways to mitigate the effects of stormwater that regularly floods the city.

May 29, 2020 -

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