A B O U T U S
Our work in New Orleans is mostly behind-the-scenes—listening, learning & making connections across cities.
We enjoy making personal introductions & sharing urban insights whenever we can.
What do we do here? We've hosted over 50 visitors from Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago, Portland, Memphis, San Francisco & beyond. We keep a list of recommendations & referrals—scroll down below!
In May 2016, we convened an Urban Exchange between comrades from Detroit & New Orleans, and we brought the NOLA-born Blackness in America Dinner Series to Detroit.
And perhaps most importantly, we do a lot of learning about what happened here post-Katrina, so we can better understand the do's & don'ts of urban revitalization. Some suggested reading, viewing & listening below...
E X P L O R E
Visiting New Orleans? May we suggest—
V I S I T
5099 Louisiana Highway 18, Wallace, LA 70049
If you're visiting New Orleans, we highly recommend a half-day trip to The Whitney Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana—the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery. Through museum exhibits, memorial artwork, restored buildings and hundreds of first-person slave narratives, visitors to Whitney will gain a unique perspective on the lives of Louisiana's enslaved people.
The Whitney Plantation is about a 1-hour drive from downtown New Orleans. We recommend holding 4-5 hours for the full experience—1 hour to get there, 2 hours touring the grounds, 1 hour to return to the city. Admission is $22 and guided tours are 1.5 hours. Their website offers transportation & tour options here. We have found good deals for a 1-day car rental from Enterprise on Canal Street, with complimentary pick-up/drop-off from your hotel or Airbnb. (Note: Uber/Lyft can get you there, but not always back!)
Stop at nearby B&C Seafood Market for a Cajun lunch!
E A T
Too many delicious restaurants to name! But here are a few of our (women-led) favorites—
U R B A N E X C H A N G E
On May 12, 2016, we hosted a cross-city exchange between community leaders from Detroit & New Orleans at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Center on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.
The evening began with a screening of Change & The City, featuring perspectives on urban revitalization & gentrification from Detroit, Philadelphia & New Orleans.
The screening was followed by dialogue between guest speakers:
- Lauren Hood, Live6 Alliance (Detroit)
- Chad Rochkind, Human Scale Studio (Detroit)
- Suzanne Mobley, Tulane City Center (NOLA)
- Jocelyne Ninneman, DETxNOLA
- Andre Perry, education advocate (NOLA)
- Rashida Govan, Project Butterfly (NOLA)
- Westley Bayas III, Magnolia Strategies (NOLA)
- Claire Nelson, Urban Consulate (Detroit/NOLA)
- Ashe Cultural Arts Center
- Roux Carre
- New Orleans Jazz Market
- Southern Food & Beverage Museum
- Dryades Public Market