Lafitte to Lakefront
Early French settlers founded New Orleans on the banks of the Mississippi River, a short portage from the Bayou St. John and Lake Pontchartrain. In the 19th century, the Carondelet Canal enabled the flow of goods and people between the Bayou and the Vieux Carré. Investing in the Lafitte Blueway and the city’s primary outfall canals as park zones and public spaces reestablishes that historic connection and revitalizes the entire city. They are also amenities that serve residents from the French Quarter and Mid City to Lakeview and Filmore (Gentilly), where the 25 acre Mirabeau Water Garden provides a model for lowland water management.