New Orleans — The city will begin a series of public regional meetings in the coming days designed to bring together residents from Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes to discuss future plans for the Claiborne Avenue corridor.

The meetings will focus on a federally and locally funded $2.7 million study called “Livable Claiborne Communities” that will analyze several aspects of the thoroughfare, including everything from improvements to transit and walkability to tearing down Interstate 10 over Claiborne Avenue.

The first meeting will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at Dent Hall on Dillard University’s campus. That session will allow participants to learn more about the study and to comment on it.

Four neighborhood meetings will follow the next week and will focus on revitalization and economic development. The meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.:

  • Dec. 10 in the multi-purpose room at First Grace United Methodist Church, 3401 Canal St.
  • Dec. 11 at Christian Unity Baptist Church, 1700 Conti St.
  • Dec. 12 in the cafeteria at Andrew Wilson Charter School, 3617 General Pershing St.
  • Dec. 13 at the Dryades YMCA, 2220 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

“We encourage all citizens to join their neighbors to consider the possibilities of the Claiborne Avenue corridor,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “Success could mean transforming this entire area into a more vibrant community.

“We need to hear from those that live along the Claiborne Avenue corridor and from people throughout the region who use this vital transportation artery. Residents’ input will be invaluable in helping planners understand potential enhancements in each neighborhood and the transportation needs of the region.”

The neighborhoods on which the study focuses lie along Claiborne Avenue on a 3.9-mile stretch from Napoleon Avenue to Elysian Fields Avenue and between Broad Street on the lake side and Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue on the river side.

The Livable Claiborne Communities study will be complete in August.