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.

Let us know if we can help.


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.

We filmed interviews for Change & The City. We hosted a documentary crew from The New York Times. We worked with Urban Innovation Exchange to publish profiles of innovators.

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

The Whitney Plantation

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—


L I S T E N

THIS AMERICAN LIFE: Lower 9 +10 

If you're interested in visiting the Lower 9th Ward, one of the neighborhoods hit hardest by Katrina, we highly suggest listening to this episode of This American Life before you go. Recorded on the 10th anniversary of Katrina.

R E A D

STATE OF BLACK NEW ORLEANS

More than 175,000 Black residents left New Orleans in the year after the storm; more than 75,000 never came back. Read this report from the Urban League of New Orleans published 10 years after Katrina.


U R B A N   E X C H A N G E 

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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:

The conversation continued across the street at Casa Borrega, and the following day with neighborhood site visits led by Linda Pompa of OC Haley Merchants Association and Joel Ross of Concordia:

Many thanks to all who participated and to Knight Foundation for sponsoring. To watch the film online, click here.


 I N N O V A T O R S

Want to meet New Orleanians working toward a more equitable & sustainable city? Here are just a few profiles from Urban Innovation Exchange, published with Meeting of the Minds & Kresge Foundation. Read about their work and follow on social media—


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