The Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans–a community devastated by the flooding of Hurricane Katrina. News coverage during and after the storm introduced this community to the world at large, and even re-introduced it to New Orleans itself. This neighborhood’s roots run deep, and not even the rushing flood waters could wash it away.
We’ll visit the “Lower Nine”, meet the people who survived and understand their struggle to rebuild this unique community.
Life experienced through a windshield is one step away from watching it on TV, but even a bicycle tour can become just a series of sights. We want to deliver a series of stories and lives, from the history and importance of the Lower Nine, the context of the flooding during Hurricane Katrina, and why the rebirth of this remarkable neighborhood matters. Come see this rebirth in progress, and understand the hurdles that have yet to be overcome. Our tours will tell you the stories of the residents who can’t think of leaving and those who are helping them return.
From the seat of our comfortable cruiser-style bicycles, our relaxed four-hour ride includes a lunch break and many stops along the way. We know that you will walk away with a memorable view of this oft-forgotten place, and a personal view of the community from a new company associated with Trip Advisor’s number one rated Confederacy of Cruisers Bicycle Tours.
Founded in 2006, the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED) works to stimulate civic engagement, repopulate, sustain natural systems, assist community leadership and preserve resources in the Lower 9th Ward neighborhoods.
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Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable
Engagement & Development
5130 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
Program Coordinator & Urban Farm Manager
Energy Efficiency & Urban Farm Coordinator
Food Planning Coordinator
Energy Efficiency Apprentice
Food Planning Organizer
Bill Waiters, Chair, Lower Ninth Ward
Austin Allen, Louisiana State University
Antoinette Ackerson, Lower Ninth Ward
Calvin Alexander, Lower Ninth Ward
William Becker, E3G, Natural Capitalism Solutions
M. David Lee, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Stull and Lee Inc.
Dave Macaulay, Green ArchiTEXT
Darryl Malek-Wiley, Sierra Club
Greer Mendy, Tekrema Center for Art and Culture
Earthea Nance, Texas Southern University
J.W. Tatum, Lower Ninth Ward