The Oldest and Most Trusted Real Estate News Magazine

Bassett Announces Results for the Second Quarter


Parks and Open Space Plan
real estate asset protection

Image by regional.modernism
from "Action Plan for New Orleans; the New American City"
Bring New Orleans Back Commission
Urban Planning Committee
January 11, 2006

DOWNLOAD THIS: Planning Action Plan Final Report.pdf

from the plan:
Parks and Open Space Plan
With the discussion so far focusing on infrastructure, we
might remember to ask a question: If the city is not also a
beautiful and inspiring place, why would someone
choose to live there? (Figure 28)
All citizens should have access to beautiful park and
open space. (Figure 29) Every neighborhood should
have a park. Many neighborhoods do not have either in
sufficient quantity or quality. These parks should planned
and designed to perform many functions. They are not
just open spaces; they can be part of a citywide system
that connects neighborhoods to employment, and
neighborhood to neighborhood. We can also expand our
thinking of parks and use the edges of canals, now
reserved for maintenance, but becoming available for
open space when they are covered. Then they become
amenities – part of the city-wide network that also serves
individual neighborhoods. Parks also can function as
part of an internal storm water management system.
Where there is space, stands of urban forest can
disguise storm water detention basins, each with a pump
to move the water out.
As Figure 30 reveals, the city has a number of large
parks including Audubon Park, City Park, Pontchartrain,
Joe Brown, and others. While Audubon and City Parks
are nationally important, the reality is that many
neighborhoods are not well served. Parks add value to
existing neighborhoods. As is the case with City Park,
they can also become the basis for recovery of an entire
section of the city.
The Committee recommends building on an asset unique
in extent to this city: the neutral ground system. These
wide landscaped medians bring open space and
opportunities for connection by all means including
transit. Wherever a new street needs to be constructed
or a damaged one reconstructed, include these medians
in the design.
Canal rights-of-way should be incorporated into the park
system as well. We have shown these as the large
green lines on the figure. Where the canals are put in
box culverts, you immediately have open space. Where
they are not put in box culverts, but they are no longer a
threat, they can become water features. The comparison
between Bayou Saint John and the London canal is
appropriate. In addition to psychological value, parks
create real estate value for residents near them. We
have identified a number of areas, shown by dashed
circles, within which there is potential for future parkland.
The circles are large to indicate that we have not
identified properties; those will be determined with citizen
involvement in a process described later. The new parks
should perform many functions: they provide recreation
and open space, they cool the land, they produce
oxygen, and they act as part of the city-wide storm water
protection and management system.
The City should seize on a significant opportunity to open
the riverfront to all its citizens. A small portion of the
Mississippi River is accessible to the public now. The
area from the Moon Walk through Woldenberg Park and
the Riverwalk grants access to the most interesting river
in America. This is the river that made the city. The plan
recommends that the riverfront walkway be extended
along the extent of the Mississippi, from the Industrial
Canal to Jefferson Parish. The Trust for Public Land
already has a proposal in planning for an approximately
one mile park extending upriver from the Riverwalk. This
plan should be completed and extended. In some areas,
particularly upriver in the active port zone, the walkway
may be located landside of the flood wall, providing
occasional glimpses of the river. National examples,
including the 18-mile Hudson Riverwalk, illustrate the
power of this public amenity. Regardless of its exact
location, the extended riverwalk will provide connection
among neighborhoods, visual and physical access to this
public resource, and enhance the value of adjacent land.
How do we make this happen? (Figure 31) Immediately,
we must update the parks and open space element of the
Master Plan, identify properties that can become part of
the system, and begin to assemble them. Of course we
need to secure funding for park restoration. Some, such
as City Park, are ready to go with plans (and an
estimated implementation cost of 0 million for
completion) in hand. In the longer term, we must
complete acquisition of necessary properties and
implement the plan, coordinating with the strategy for
rebuilding neighborhoods.

Bassett Announces Results for the Second Quarter
BASSETT, Va. — Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. announced today its results of operations for its fiscal quarter ended May 29, 2010.
Read more on GlobeNewswire via Yahoo! Finance – Asset protection for real estate investment. Protection for business, real estate and personal assets.
Video Rating: 0 / 5

Tags: , , ,

Sitemap Madbadcat Graphics