Angela: There's a vision for Fat City - does it match yours?
by Angela Hill,posted Feb 20 2014 3:27PM
When I first moved to New Orleans in 1975, I lived in Fat City for the first six months. I loved my apartment, filled with other young working people. And the management let me have my sixty pound Bassett Hound, Horatio, which not all rentals were allowing. I didnt know much about New Orleans, but I felt safe there, I walked the dog at ten o'clock at night.
I loved it there. It was close to the Mall, some good restaurants… there was a grocery store and a dry cleaners right around the corner.
I moved when my schedule changed, and I was working the late news on WWL-TV, but I have good memories of my early days in the Severn corridor.
So it was sad seeing how Fat City deteriorated over a period of time… shocking, actually.
What happened? But, more importantly, what is happening now to reverse the negative course to make it a safe, fun place to live again?
The answer is a lot… a lot is happening. The Severn corridor is on track to be reinvented. We’re talking tree-line streets, wider sidewalks, more greenery, bike lanes, pedestrian friendly pathways, and mini parks with benches.
It’s been called the “number one priority area for redevelopment”…and laws enacted to change the vision and reality of an important part of Metairie. Jefferson Parish officials hired a New York urban planner to help redevelop a growth strategy for Fat City.