The “Florida Project” is a joint federal and state funded proposal to expand Florida Avenue and create a new freeway through the 8th and 9th Wards on Florida, for heavy trucks that are in transit from the St. Bernard Port.
Currently, there are problems associated with Florida Avenue in the Upper 9th Ward, such as the truck traffic that diverts from there down Pauline and damages the homes of senior citizens and long time residents of the area.
A further expansion of Florida Blvd will create an unnecessary freeway for heavy trucks to come through Orleans Parish to reach Elysian Fields and then gain access to the interstate. The option to have the trucks take Paris Rd. in St Bernard is by far the cheaper and more expedient option for the trucks and state. Frankly, imposing a freeway on African American communities is simply environmental racism.
Elected officials are telling residents that a new Florida Avenue Bridge is completely contingent on the whole Florida “freeway” project. This is not true, as funding for this bridge has to be a separate item.
A freeway through our community would create noise, congestion, pollution, and access points for heavy trucks to cut through the neighborhoods. It is particularly mind-boggling that they would attempt to put this truck traffic onto Elysian Fields at I-610 where there is currently so much congestion and an existing danger from the current heavy traffic.
A Community Voice supports:
- A new Florida bridge
- Replacement of the Claiborne/Judge Seeber bridge
- An additional bike and pedestrian bridge at St. Claude
- All St. Bernard Parish truck traffic needs to stay in St. Bernard Parish, and use Paris Rd. to get to the interstate
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Sat. Jan 30th 1pm at Armstrong School 5909 St. Claude
Children travel 6 and even more hours on the bus per day to get to and from school in neighborhoods far away from their homes. A Community Voice has been working with members of the Orleans Parish School Board to reopen Armstrong School in the Lower 9th Ward to accommodate the over 500-student wait list at MLK Elementary School in the Lower 9th Ward.
A Community Voice :
- An end to bus stops waits with no shelters for children that start before light and end after dark, in blighted and crime ridden areas.
- That the City provide a school for the current and future 1300* families/residents, especially due to a consequence of high building activities from: *Perez (297 units), Make it Right (200), city/federal programs (100), other nonprofit actions (100), the consistent number of returning families (300), and the will of parents who were former residents of the lower 9 who wish their children to attend school in the lower 9th ward (300).
- an end to the One-App forced busing of students that replaces slots at local schools with children from other areas, most who wish to attend school in their own areas.
- the beginning of a “neighborhood children based” school devoted to the music and culture of the lower 9th ward, and Louis Armstrong.
Invited: Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Congressman Richmond, Mayor Landrieu, City Councilmembers At Large Jason Williams, Stacy Head and District E James Gray, School Board Members John Brown and Nolan Marshall, State Senator JP Morrell, State Reps Austin Badon, Jimmy Harris and Joe Bouie, as well as candidates for office in the Dem. Party election March, 2016.
Press Release Armstrong 1.30.16
Return New Orleans Children to Schools in Their Neighborhood Governed by Our Elected Board
We, the citizens of the New Orleans community, applaud your election as our governor. We appreciate your stand for public education and acknowledge your support for HB 166, which would have returned successful schools to our Orleans Parish School Board. At the same time, the presence of Leslie Jacobs on the K-12 Education Committee reminds us of the past harms, the firing of thousands of teachers after Katrina, and the present harms that our community has suffered at the hands of market-based education reform. We believe the following changes will make our community whole:
- All our schools are returned to our elected school board.
- Children are able to attend neighborhood schools.
- Students are not forced to ride unmonitored buses from as early as 5:30 AM to as late as 6 PM.
- The millions of dollars currently diverted to bus companies are returned to our schools.
We look forward to supporting you as you use the remedies available to you to correct these injustices.
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