St. Claude’s Avenue bridge bedrock divides the neighborhoods situated on each sides of the Industrial Canal. This long concrete base is a daily obstacle for the area, people are constantly facing a wall and residential areas are beeing affected by a direct loss of connectivity with the surroundings.

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The industrial canal lock symbolize the essence of New Orleans by physically linking the Mississippi River to the Lake Pontchartrain.

The Industrial Canal lock replacement is a chance to reconnect the Lower Ninth Ward to the rest of the Orleans parish, enabling a continuous and coherent development from the city center to the eastern parish line. The parcel and its location invite us to a reflection on both infrastructural and cultural issues. The improvement of the different flows crossing this complex node can reactivate the eastern part of the city as well as the plots along the Industrial Canal. This reconnection attempt also have to respond to a lack of cultural facilities in an area highly influenced by gentrification.

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“The site acts as a bottleneck for both the shipping industry and the city development. As tugboats are waiting an average of 11 hours before going through the small lock, gentrification and demographic diversity are waiting at the drawbridges to cross the canal.”

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) supports the conversion of New Orleans’ Claiborne Overpass/Interstate 10 (I-10) into a revitalized North Claiborne Avenue. A possible highway-to-boulevard conversion will reconnect the Tremé/ Lafitte and Tulane/Gravier neighborhoods to the rest of New Orleans, bring people and businesses back to the street, increase opportunities for community investment and economic development, and promote healthier living conditions.


This video explores the history of Claiborne Avenue, its present condition, and re-imagines a different future for the corridor. This video was produced with support from the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Ford Foundation, with special thanks to the Claiborne Corridor Improvement Coalition. This video was created by New Orleans-based photojournalist and multimedia producer, Rob Davis.