NEW ORLEANS, LA – Over 270 volunteers joined Mayor Mitch Landrieu along with City officials, local community organizations, and residents for the fourth “NOLA FOR LIFE Day” on Saturday, July 20, 2013. The event, which was centered in and around Norwood Thompson Playground and the Gert Town neighborhood, was a part of the Mayor’s NOLA FOR LIFE comprehensive murder reduction strategy, which motivates citizens to join efforts geared towards revitalizing neighborhoods in high crime areas.
View photos from the fourth NOLA FOR LIFE Day.
"This event turned out to be a great victory for our city and our determination to enhance the quality of life for the children and residents of Gert Town,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We were able to garner the participation and support of City employees, residents, neighborhood associations, local non-profits and volunteers to all come together and help us reach our goal of making changes that had a huge impact on the community.”
Volunteers canvassed the surrounding area and installed 306 energy efficient light bulbs with Green Light New Orleans which will save resident $14,076 in energy costs, installed 26 smoke detectors along with the New Orleans Fire Department, visited 185 homes and gave information about City services, performed 6 energy audits, trimmed 28 trees, cleaned 2 community garden with Hike for KaTREEna and cleaned and marked 80 storm drains with Bayou Land.
NOLA FOR LIFE Day also included a FIT NOLA Parks community engagement event and a resource fair with representatives from City and partner agencies to share information with the public. Resource fair participants included: 311, Sanitation, NOFD, the Health Department, NOLA Wise, Xavier University of Louisiana, Coscto, Daughters of Charity, Total Community Action, NOEMS, JOB1, Hollygrove Market and Farm, Market Umbrella, Green Light New Orleans, Bayou Land, The Guidance Center, Metropolitan Crisis Response Team, Tulane Drop-In Center, Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership, Odyssey House - CCFRExO Program, Pyramid Resources Wellness Institute, American Red Cross , Hike for KaTREEna, NOPD, Office of Neighborhood Engagement , NORDC, CORE USA and Coca Cola.
In addition to the volunteers’ work to improve the Gert Town neighborhood, the effort included blight eradication and beautification efforts from City departments including Public Works, Parks & Parkways, Sanitation, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), Code Enforcement/New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA), and the Sewerage & Water Board and the Neighborhood Engagement Office. In all, the City repaired 379 potholes, cleaned 53 catch basins, repaired 16 street signs, repaired 29 street light outages, converted 343 streetlights to LED, repaved 7 street blocks, serviced 4 water lines, removed 1 abandoned cone, replaced the top on 3 fire hydrants and repaired 1, cut 46 overgrown lots, removed 114 tires from dumping sites, moved 5 green space and medians, inspected approximately 130 blighted properties and demolished 2 blighted property.
About NOLA FOR LIFE
Launched in May 2012, NOLA FOR LIFE is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's comprehensive murder reduction strategy to tackle the city's historically high murder rate. Recognizing that law enforcement alone cannot solve the murder problem, NOLA FOR LIFE takes a holistic approach to get to the root of the problem, and implements initiatives in five main categories: Stop the Shooting; Invest in Prevention; Promote Jobs and Opportunity; Improve the NOPD; and Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.nolaforlife.org.