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The Lights Are On on St. Claude

After the presentation, residents, students and faculty have the chance to share experiences and discuss needs and possibilities.
After the presentation, residents, students and faculty have the chance to share experiences and discuss needs and possibilities.
MIT student Tamika Gauvin presents her team's initial findings.
Students and faculty after the presentation at Colton School.
Students and faculty after the presentation at Colton School.

The St. Claude Avenue Main Street Association pairs with MIT urban planning students to revitalize the St. Claude Avenue commercial district. Inspired by the interest in their neighborhood, residents find a renewed sense of community and volunteerism.

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No Gentrification on St. Claude

It is disheartening to see so much socio-economic gentrification in corridors traditionally associated with family owned minority businesses. In my opinion St. Claude, South Rampart, and Oretha Castle are victims of a well intentioned yet fundamentally misguided revitalization effort. Not to knock the main street programs all together, but why are we always bringing in people who have no background or understanding of New Orleans to decide the city's future. I want an authentic New Orleans not a contrived version of my former city

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