Andreanecia Morris is vice president of homeownership and community development at Providence Community Housing, which has developed Faubourg Lafitte, the housing devel-opment on the site of the former Lafitte Projects.
"In Faubourg Lafitte ... one of the things that's missing in that area is significant recreation space. There is Armstrong Park, which has the Treme Center, but there's not a lot of green space in the immediate neighborhood. And so we at Providence, with our partners at Enterprise (Community Partners) and [L+M Development], we have a playground and a green space and tennis courts, and there's going to be even more green space at the property, but there's still not the big signature park and ball fields that you see in a lot of the neighborhoods in New Orleans now.
"The part of the Greenway that's next to Faubourg Lafitte is going to have the ball field; there's going to be other amenities as well. We're working ... to do an outdoor athletic space for adults, and the folks at FirstLine are going to do a little rain garden on the Faubourg Lafitte property on the Greenway.
"We've got homes for sale starting soon. Just imagine. Some of the homes that we've sold in the Mid-City area are on the Greenway. Being able to buy your first home — because we work with first-time homeowners — on the Greenway is just a tremendous opportunity for people to be a part of this next version of the American dream and the New Orleans dream.
"Post-Katrina, you have to be deliberate, working to keep the opportunities there. We are rebuilding the city for New Orleanians. ... I think we have a plan to mitigate those circumstances (of pricing locals out of the neighborhood), but I think everyone needs to be honest that it's a possibility in order to make sure it doesn't happen. ... I always say that we want to create these opportunities for the people who call these neighborhoods home and have done so for years. ... We need to be deliberate and say: It can't be about rebuilding buildings; it has to be about rebuilding community. And what is community if not the people of this city?"
New Orleanians talk about the Lafitte Greenway
• Andreanecia Morris, executive with Providence Community Housing