Once a vibrant commercial corridor known for its furniture stores, seafood market and social clubs, the district struggled to come back after Hurricane Katrina. The St. Claude Main Streets organization sought help in meeting a number of challenges.
The students explored:
· How four communities—St. Roch, Marigny, St. Claude and Bywater— can come together to envision a commercial corridor that serves the needs of all residents
· How the district can develop a strong image in the context of declining population, a preponderance of first floor vacancies, and unattractive physical environment
· If it is possible for a commercial district to balance its dual role as a state truck route and pedestrian-friendly main street
· How a plan can be implemented with the community capacity and population to bring dreams to reality