The New Orleans Journey: Ruin to Renaissance is a series of city-wide bus tours that will allow participants to get an updated and realistic snapshot of the New Orleans recovery efforts since 2005. Tours will be offered twice a day from August 23 – August 28.
NORA Executive Director Joyce Wilkerson said NORA will share new data on the pace of the recovery, provide updated information on city-wide projects, and focus attention on neighborhoods where some of the less visible, but most important recovery work is occurring.
“We think these tours are an incredible opportunity for our neighborhood groups, elected officials, business folks and civic leaders to have a shared experience of our city’s recovery,“ said Wilkerson. “Some of what they’ll see will leave them excited, some of it may not, but I believe all of what they’ll witness will be accurate. We want to arm folks with relevant information so that when they return to their neighborhoods, businesses or elected bodies, they can begin to make good, sound decisions based on the same body of information. That’s when we’ll truly hit our stride and begin to take the next positive step in the New Orleans journey.“
NORA has already made commitments to provide the recovery tours to several groups during the week of August 23, including the New Orleans City Council, the staff of Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the New Orleans delegation to the state legislature, the Louisiana Land Trust, leading business/civic organizations in Orleans Parish, and the Louisiana Association of Non Profit Organizations which will be holding its annual conference in New Orleans during that time.
Individuals, groups or members of the media wishing to participate in the tour may call 504-558-1795, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORA is an agency tasked by the state and city of New Orleans to help revitalize blighted neighborhoods in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The Authority works with neighborhood groups, developers, entrepreneurs, nonprofits and individuals on housing and commercial redevelopment projects across the city.
Following Katrina, NORA was authorized to help return to commerce the thousands of "Road Home" properties that were sold to the state by residents.