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About Urban Conservancy
The proliferation 15 years ago of incompatible, auto-centric, suburban-style developments shoehorned into our dense urban grid is what gave birth to the Urban Conservancy. Today our independent business alliance StayLocal continues to advocate for policies that give our local, independent businesses space to thrive and grow, particularly as New Orleans becomes an increasingly desirable place for deep-pocketed national chain retailers to set up shop.
The Urban Conservancy’s understanding of land use– “the wise stewardship of our built environment”– has become broader and deeper in the last decade. New Orleans’ landscape is changing. The water surrounding us continues to mold not only our city’s topography, but also our economy, our society, and our identity.
As we recognize that water is our greatest challenge but perhaps also our greatest natural asset, we are working with partners to devise systems (of thought, of engineering, of urban design) that wisely manage the water that falls on our sinking, flood-prone, coastal city. We've designed two long running projects to address and advocate for water wise stewardship:
The Front Yard Initiative is UC’s response to excessive yard paving which contributes to street flooding. Rampant front yard paving is a community issue that has broad and significant effects on the city of New Orleans from stormwater to safety. The Front Yard Initiative is an incentive program that reimburses eligible homeowners $2.50 per square foot of paving removed -up to 500 square feet- for a max of $1,250. FYI combats the illegal practice of paving over 40% of a front yard, included in the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, and works to build the Green Sector and Green Sector job opportunities by helping to uncover the need for green infrastructure and providing training programs with our partners to see that contractors are ready for the call.
BASIN (Building Active Stewardship in New Orleans) is the Urban Conservancy’s summer program that introduces school-aged children to the vocabulary, concepts, and skills required to promote the wise stewardship of our urban built environment and fully understand and participate in our growing network of green sector professionals. BASIN campers learn more about how New Orleans is learning to live with the water that surrounds (and often floods) our city, and develop into effective ambassadors, sharing their knowledge about applying the lessons of the wetlands to how we build safer, less flood-prone neighborhoods within New Orleans.
The Urban Conservancy believes that maintaining the historic urban fabric of New Orleans is in the best interest of all New Orleanians, and that to do so requires solutions that acknowledge and respond to the intricate interplay between our built and natural environments. It is our duty, as the current residents, to align our built and natural assets in ways that make our city stronger and safer for all its residents until such time as we pass it on to the next generation.
Head to our website to learn more about us, other projects we've done and are currently doing, and how we advocate for other issues pertaining to the city of New Orleans.
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